Walking has many benefits. It can improve your health and well being, the local economy by increasing footfall in our town centres, and air quality by reducing congestion.
The aim of Feet First is to promote walking as the norm for short journeys, or as part of a longer journey, and create the context for change over a number of years so that people have direct, easy, safe, and pleasant routes encouraging them to want to walk to school, shops, work and public transport links as well as for leisure purposes.
Feet First hopes to:
1. Provide information, signage, leaflets etc to maximise potential for walking
2. Begin the process of change to infrastructure to improve walking routes
3. Ensure that the benefits of encouraging more people to walk are embedded across a wider range of organisations
4. Provide opportunities, stimulus and rewards for walking
5. Identify and co-ordinate resources to make the urban realm more walking-friendly
The campaign aims to remove barriers to walking, real as well as perceived, and to encourage people of all ages and physical abilities to embed walking into their daily lives. We want to take the project forward by involving communities right across the District.
Feet First will focus on promoting all forms of walking whilst looking at ways of identifying additional resources to bring about improvements to our infrastructure which will make walking easier in future.
We cannot do this alone, however, as providing new pedestrian routes, or making existing links more attractive, can involve substantial investment so we will be working with Hampshire County Council and other organisations, like Living Streets, to take this forward.
Where opportunities arise we will also encourage new developments to be designed so that they maximise the potential for walking.
We will also build on the work already carried out in developing the Winchester and Hampshire Walking Strategies and the Creating a More Walkable Winchester Workshop (September 2015) drawing on local and national policy and research while also encouraging groups in the other towns and villages in the district to prepare their own strategies.
If you would like to get involved or find out more about the Feet First campaign, email NLawrence@winchester.gov.uk.
- Dial-a-Ride Door-to-door service, “bookable” up to 8 working days in advance, designed to convey individuals (and carers) to a wide range of destinations in Winchester and outlying villages (hospital appointments or day care centres not included)
- Hampshire Workplace Wellbeing Charter The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a statement of intent, showing your commitment to the health of the people who work for you. Several Hampshire local authorities have already adopted it to support and reward local businesses that value employee health and wellbeing.
- Health & Social care professionals This interactive tool from the NHS will give you all the information you need to find your nearest doctor’s surgery, dentist, pharmacy or hospital.
- Home Energy Advice Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council work together to help and advise people how to keep warm and healthy. Find out who to contact
- Older People Winchester has a thriving older community who actively take part in activities in and around the District.
- Supporting Families in the Winchester District The Supporting Families in Winchester programme focuses on providing early help when a child of family needs support, enabling them to access services that will improve future wellbeing.
- Useful links This section contains links to walks for all abilities which currently exist in the District.
- Winchester Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme This scheme is a funded project by Hampshire County Council’s Public Health Grants programme to encourage mums to be able to breastfeed in Winchester High Street.
- Winchester District Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board Working with the wider set of partners across the District, its purpose is to reduce health inequalities, enable people to achieve better health outcome's and experience the best quality of life.
- Youth Engagement Young people drop-in at The Basement, St Johns House.