The Fitter for Walking project aims to get people walking more as part of their daily routine and in order to do this we need our streets to feel safe, look attractive, and be looked after with people in mind.
Often it’s simple things that can make a huge difference to how we view our streets – whether clearing up a particularly useful walking route, starting up street parties, or running campaigns to get parents walking the school run.
The project is currently working with local residents and communities to improve the walking routes in a number of neighbourhoods in Dudley; these include Sedgley, Wrens Nest, Halesowen and the Blowers Green area of Dudley.
Living Streets are working in partnership with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to improve the streets and encourage residents to walk more for short journeys. It will also be working with the local authority as part of its Healthy Towns initiative, looking at improving the corridors to the five hubs.
Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians and that is creator of the Fitter for Walking project. They work to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.
In 2007, Living Streets were part of a successful Active Travel Consortium that was awarded £20 million by the Big Lottery Fund to run projects to get people across England physically active in their daily lives. One of these projects is the Fitter for Walking project.
Nobody knows your local area better than you and if you have an idea of how to improve your streets, no matter how big or small, please contact:
Fitter For Walking Project (West Midlands)