Why not walking?

As the Olympics close, the Prime Minister has said that ‘promoting competitive team and individual sports will be at the heart of the new primary school curriculum’.

But it would be far better to promote non-competitive walking to children: enable and encourage them to walk to, from and around school; provide safe, traffic-free routes; inspire them to explore the local environment and to use the public paths; teach them  how to protect those paths and who is responsible for maintaining them; encourage them in time to lobby their local councillors to put money in the path budget and to carry out their legal duty on the paths.

Most people can be good at walking, whereas many (like me) will never be good at competitive sport.  Walking is truly inclusive, and probably healthier than competitive sport.

Public-path use and protection should be part of the national curriculum.


About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Why not walking?

  1. Couldn’t agree more.

  2. David Moore says:

    By neglecting our footpaths we have imprisoned the younger generation, who have gradually come to rely more and more on parents ferrying them by car to where they want to go. Roads which at one time had little traffic and were fairly safe for walkers and cyclists are no longer fit for those purposes. Walking can be an end in itself, but it should also be the key to accessing a multitude of activities for all generations, sporting or otherwise.

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