Walking is a great way to experience the changes and progress as our city evolves, and you don’t need any specialist equipment.
You’ll soon discover that it makes you feel fit and healthy and leaves you with a big grin on your face.
Walking is free and you can relax, listen to music and clear your head as you walk.
You’ll never be late to work because you got stuck in traffic or couldn’t find a car park.
A 2km walk to work will take about 20 minutes each way. 30 minutes exercise a day can help you become healthier and feel great.
When we walk we take in all sorts of things we don’t notice in a car – like birdsong, seasonal changes, window displays and other people out and about. Connecting to our environment and noticing what is around us can help improve our mental health and feelings of wellbeing.
Plus, short distance car trips generate the most pollution per kilometre travelled. Avoiding the short trips by walking is a great way to help the environment.
When walking you don't have to use the same routes that you would drive. There may be quieter residential streets, neighbourhood parks, pedestrian shortcuts and riverside paths that can make your route shorter and more enjoyable.
If you notice a problem with one of our footpaths, such as bumps or potholes, please let us know (external link)or use the handy Snap Send Solve(external link) app. Snap Send Solve contacts Council from your email address, including the incident type, photo, notes, GPS location, and contact details.
Some days you may need to drop off children or run errands. Plan ahead, mix it up – you can drive some days, and walk on others, or park a distance from work that gives you a 15 to 20 minute walk each way.
Some companies support walking by allowing staff to borrow company cars in the event of an emergency. Check with your employer whether they have any provisions like this so that you’ll know your options in the rare case of an emergency.
Before you get walking here are a few things to think about: