Walking Six Miles a Day - No Way!



Walking Six Miles a Day - No Way!

Authors

BEURET K, Social Research Associates and De Montfort University and CAMARA P, Leicester City Council, UK

Description

Throughout Europe policy makers are seeking new approaches to encourage sustainable mobility. At the same time there has been a steady growth in demand for transport. For example, in the UK the annual distance travelled per person has more than doubled si

Abstract

Throughout Europe policy makers are seeking new approaches to encourage sustainable mobility. At the same time there has been a steady growth in demand for transport. For example, in the UK the annual distance travelled per person has more than doubled since 1970 and is currently running at over 20 miles. On the other hand the number of trips has remained constant (about three per day). These trends are mirrored in other European countries. In other words, people are travelling further for work, shopping, leisure and education.

In this context it is not surprising that walking trips are less common. For example from 1985/86 to 1994/96 walk trips in the UK declined by 13% and whilst trip lengths increased overall, the average walk trip has remained constant at about 0.6 miles since 1975/76 (DETRa, 1998).

Nevertheless walking is still a very important method of transport and overall in the UK 29% of journeys are mainly on foot (DETRb, 1996). Unfortunately this is not reflected in the resources and attention given to the provision of the pedestrian infrastructure. In many ways walking is (along with taxis) the ÔCinderellaÕ mode of transport.

Publisher

Association for European Transport