Talking Point: What more could be done to make London a ‘walkable city’?

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It was announced today that several London pedestrian crossings will automatically display a “green man” unless a vehicle is approaching.

The plans, put in place by Transport for London, are part of an initiative to make London a more “walkable city.”

This follows news that as a result of the pandemic, almost a third of Londoners are now making routine journeys by foot.

Walking has, understandably, also become a popular leisure activity - with over half now regularly walking for exercise.

The crossing locations - so far in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hounslow, Richmond, and Hillingdon - have been chosen on the basis of high pedestrian flow and practicality.

London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, said of the move: “We know that safety is a key concern for people walking around London, and giving pedestrians priority is a powerful way of putting them first and making it easier to cross London’s roads.”

But what do you think of the new plans, and can you think of any other ways that London could become a more “walkable city”?

Let us know in the comments for the chance to feature on the ES website tomorrow.

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