Walking is a great way to experience the changes and progress in our new city, and you don’t need any specialist equipment.

People walking in parkYou’ll soon discover that it makes you feel fit and healthy and leaves you with a big grin on your face.

Walking is free and you can relax, listen to music and clear your head as you walk.

You’ll never be late to work because you got stuck in traffic or couldn’t find a car park.

 

Why you should walk

A 2km walk to work will take about 20 minutes each way. 30 minutes exercise a day can help you on your way to becoming healthier and feeling great. 

When we walk we take in all sorts of things we don’t notice in a car – like birdsong, seasonal changes, window displays and other people out and about. Connecting to our environment and noticing what is around us can help improve our mental health and feelings of wellbeing.

Plus, short distance car trips generate the most pollution per km travelled. Avoiding the short trips by walking is a great way to help the environment.

Finding a route

When walking you don't have to use the same routes that you would drive. There may be quieter, low-traffic streets with connecting walkways and neighbourhood parks that will make your route shorter and more enjoyable.

If you notice a problem with one of our footpaths, such as bumps or potholes, please let us know (external link)or use the handy Snap Send Solve(external link) app. Snap Send Solve contacts Council from your email address, including the incident type, photo, notes, GPS location, and contact details.

You don’t need any special equipment to walk to work but some things can make your walk more comfortable:

  • Comfortable shoes: Walk to work in comfortable shoes, even if that means changing into smarter shoes when you arrive.
  • Rain protection: A waterproof jacket or an umbrella are handy.

Make it social and fun

Consider:

  • Walking with someone else: If a friend or colleague member is making a similar journey, why not walk together for a more sociable experience? If you’d like to find others locally to walk to work with, sign up to Smart Travel(external link). Even if there are no suitable matches at the moment, register now to find potential matches in future. 
  • Downloading a pedometer app: If you’d like to track your steps and calories burnt, download a Pedometer app to keep track of your progress on fitness goals, or use the inbuilt pedometer that comes with most smartphones.
  • Creating a personalised walking poster: Make your own poster(external link) to give you a fun prompt to walk more often.

If you need a car after work

Some days you may need to drop off children or run errands. plan ahead, mix it up – you can drive some days, and walk on others

Some companies support walking by allowing staff to borrow company cars in the event of an emergency. Check with your employer whether they have any provisions like this so that you’ll know your options in the rare case of an emergency.

Walking safety

Before you get walking here are a few things to think about:

  • Stay tuned to the environment: If you’re using a device while walking, keep one ear open to the environment, and an eye on what’s happening around you.
  • Be visible especially at night: It can be harder for motorists to see you in the dark. Consider wearing something bright or reflective, and carrying a light.
  • When it’s dark: Choose well-lit routes used by other walkers where possible.
  • Be predictable when sharing space: If you are on a shared cycle and pedestrian path, keep left so others can overtake you safely.
  • When crossing a street, keep an eye out for traffic: When using a pedestrian crossing, check that drivers have seen you.
  • Take extra care when using courtesy crossings: These are suggested places for pedestrians to cross, often marked by raised or coloured pavers. Drivers may give way to you here but they are not legally required to do so.