Why Walk?

In communities across the world, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to walk—to walk more often, to walk to more places, and to feel safe while doing so. The benefits of walking—whether for utilitarian or recreational purposes—can be expressed in terms of improved environmental and personal health, reduced traffic congestion, enhanced quality of life, economic rewards, as well as others.

This section provides an overview on why it is important to walk and what we can do to make it easier to walk more often. It examines common barriers people face when making the decision to walk and how to overcome them. It also provides tips for walking safely and for increasing levels of walking as well as links to help you plan a walking trip, starting today.