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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-05-05

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Liverpool's walking environment ranks 4th in a poll of the UK's 10 largest Cities

FOR National Walking Month, Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, surveyed over 2,000 people living in the UK's 10 largest Cities about how walking friendly they felt their City is.

The survey asked Liverpudlians how safe they feel when walking in their City, how close shops and amenities are, convenience of public transport and proximity to parks and green spaces.

Liverpool scored well on most of the categories, with more than ½ of residents saying they feel safe when walking in the City and more than 60% citing shops and services as easily accessible on foot.

However, pavements let the City down in terms of making it into the top three UK walking Cities with over a third 39% finding them poor or very poor when it comes to how clutter free and well maintained they are.

The vast majority, 83% of Liverpool residents, said they are in favour of more measures to encourage walking in the City, as:- 'Living Streets' National Walking Month' launches this May 2017.

Jenny Wiles, Living Streets Regional Director (North) says:- "It's great to see Liverpool doing so well in this poll. However, Cities around the UK have some way to go to become world leading walking Cities and this is something we want to help create. It's encouraging that people in Liverpool see the importance of investing in walking to make the City a better place to live in."

This National Walking Month Living Streets are asking people to rate their everyday walks to build a picture of the walking environment around the UK. Rate your walk at online.

This National Walking Month is the launch of the charity's Walking Cities campaign. Living Streets wants City leaders and transport professionals to design Cities around people, not vehicles. 7 steps for change include:- Make Walking a priority, Plan for walking, Create a walking network, Design streets as places to enjoy, Provide attractive alternatives to the car, Make walking safe and Change behaviour and celebrate streets.

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