Essex Highways, Safer, Greener, Healthier
× New ECC Strategy aims to make walking the number one active travel choice in Essex
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Strategy published today to encourages Essex residents to cut out short car trips and walk instead.

Walking should be the natural, everyday choice, whether for shorter trips or as part of longer journeys according to the Essex Walking Strategy published today, 29th September 2021.

Short car trips are on the increase resulting in poorer air quality, more congestion, and a more sedentary population. County residents might assume that driving is always the most convenient choice, but studies have shown, it often isn’t.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Walking

One of the ambitions of the Safer Greener Healthier campaign is to increase walking across the county, particularly for shorter journeys and as part of longer ones – such as walking to the station for example rather than driving.

So whether it’s a walk to the shops, to work or for pleasure, we want to encourage you to consider walking to help make Essex safer, greener and healthier.

The benefits of walking

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways for most people to stay active and healthy. 

  • just 30 minutes of walking every day can increase heart and lung fitness, reducing the risk of chronic and cardio-vascular disease
  • it’s low impact so can strengthen joints and improve muscles without risking injury
  • it’s an opportunity to explore new places in your local area as well as catch up with friends and family
  • evidence suggests that being out in nature boosts mental health and wellbeing helping with depression and anxiety for example 

See how we’re making walking one of our top priorities for our Safer Greener Healthier campaign. 

Essex Walking Strategy

This document contains the Essex Walking Strategy.

Cover of 2021 Essex Walking Strategy

Bucket and Spade Trail Walking video

Encouraging and incentivising residents to swap to more active forms of travel.
Check out the Go Jauntly App for Essex-based walks.
Find out more about walking and Public Rights of Way in Essex.