Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison, has announced plans to repave Britain and usher in a “golden age of walking”. In total, the government will hand out £161 million worth of investment to contribute to the Places for People scheme in 46 local authorise nationwide.
The West Midlands recently received a £17m injection of cash to create more places for people to walk and hang out with family and friends. It is believed the money will be used to fund 12 schemes across the region.
The ultimate goal of the scheme is to reduce traffic in residential areas and promote the government’s “zero-emission” policies. However, the project will create new routes and improve existing paths where people can walk and cycle in pleasant safety.
Health Benefits of Green Spaces
Cutting carbon emissions in busy city centres will help to reduce pollution and create a healthier living environment for everybody. It is reported that one in 19 deaths in the UK is attributed to long-term pollution levels – more than 25 higher than deaths from road traffic.
Green spaces also help to promote cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running and cycling. Numerous studies reveal how important exercise is for physical and mental health.
Medical experts have shown that walking just 30 minutes a day can help improve your health. And because walking is a low-entry form of exercise, it’s a good way to change your lifestyle habits and improve your health.
You can also boost your fitness levels by engaging in a brisk walking program. If you’re not sure how to get started, check out our article on how to start a fitness walking program.