Birmingham Walking Revolution on its way

The Birmingham Walking Revolution is on its way with the announcement that the city council has successfully bid for £250,000 from the Department of Health to help get people walking.

Complementing the successful Birmingham Cycle Revolution bid, the latest funding is aimed at encouraging walking in inner city areas.

Cllr James McKay, cabinet member for a safe, green and smart city, said: “This is great news on the back of the funding to encourage cycling in the city, and we will use this to promote walking not just for travel, but for recreation and to improve health.”

Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “This should act as a catalyst to encourage more walking across the city, with associated benefits in terms of reducing traffic congestion and addressing social exclusion. We will also need to ensure we have an integrated transport infrastructure where cyclists and pedestrians can share space and feel safe.”

Cllr Steve Bedser, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Anything that encourages people to be more physically active can only be good news for Birmingham and walking is an undervalued form of exercise. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.”

The council will work alongside charity Living Streets to deliver targeted activities in five wards near the city centre where there is low car ownership, higher income and health deprivation levels. We will also work with partners including schools, hospitals and businesses on walking initiatives.

The funding requires match-funding from the council and projects and programmes have already been identified which are funded entirely from existing resources.

The five areas the programme will focus on are Sparkbrook, Nechells, Aston, Soho and Ladywood.

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