London,
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April
2008
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Europe/London

Hackney supports Walk to Work Day

Walk to Work Day is back again for it’s second year on Thursday, 24 April. People all over London will be leaving their cars at home and putting their feet first as they take up the challenge to walk to work.

Walking is a great way to get fit and stay healthy and, best of all, it’s free. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of walking, from losing weight to lowering blood pressure, increasing bone density and enhancing mental well-being.

You don’t have to walk all the way to work to take part in Walk to Work Day– you can get off a stop earlier on your bus or rail journey and walk the rest of the way.

This year Hackney Council, Transport for London (TfL) and Living Streets will also be opening up the challenge to Hackney’s businesses to encourage their staff to walk more. Over a four-week period businesses all over London will be competing to see who can record the highest number of steps.

Participating business will be entered into a draw run by Living Streets to win a digital camera. Hackney will also be rewarding the local business who records the highest number of steps within the borough.

Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said:
“Walking as part of our daily journeys, or even once a week, brings great benefits for individuals and for Hackney as a whole.

“Sustainable transport is a priority for the Council. We also know that local residents are concerned about their health, congestion on our roads and emissions. Building walking into our daily journey is one way we can help improve all of this. Even if it’s not practical to walk the whole way, by getting off the bus earlier or missing out that last tube line change, we can all walk more in our daily lives and reap the benefits. We want everyone to get involved and support the challenge in Hackney.”

For more information about Walk to Work Day or Workplace Travel Planning please go online to www.hackney.gov.uk/walktowork or contact Louisa Clarke, Hackney Council, on 020 8356 8189 or louisa.clarke@hackney.gov.uk.