Walking is free and environmentally friendly with significant health and social benefits. It’s simple, inclusive, accessible, pleasant and safe and there have been a number of innovative projects aimed at getting people on their feet and active.
Suffolk’s Walking Strategy
A collaborative framework aimed at making walking the ‘default’ choice for journeys of 20 minutes walking time or less.
Beat the Street
Lowestoft 2015… A fun walking and cycling challenge which saw 12,786 people travelling 161,421 miles in four weeks.
Sudbury and Great Cornard 2016…4,500 (22.5% of the local population) walked 52,500 between September and November.
Pigs Gone Wild
A nine mile art sculpture trail attracted more than 250,000 people to Ipswich during the Summer of 2016 with an estimated combined total of 1,125,000 miles walked, and £1m boost to the local economy.
A slow-paced version of the beautiful game primarily aimed at the over 50’s, designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of age, as well as those getting back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries. Suffolk already has over 15 regular, well attended weekly sessions.
29,000 more adults are walking for at least 10 minutes or more 5 x a week since the partnership began
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