May 12th, 2013 by Living Streets Guernsey
The pedestrian safety group Living Streets (Guernsey) LBG and Guernsey Post are working together to publicise and distribute new “Walk to Work” leaflets which aim to promote the benefits of walking, cycling or jogging to work.
Walk to Work Week begins on Monday 13 May 2013.
Tom Le Pelley, Chair of Living Streets Guernsey, said “for some time we have been wanting to produce a series of Walk to Work maps showing islanders quick, quiet routes that they can take to their workplace.”
“Our first leaflet features St. Martin and shows a direct route through the lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles behind St. Martin’s Church.”
“The walk to Trinity Square takes just 30 minutes. What we wanted to do was to deliver this leaflet directly into people’s homes and Guernsey Post has very kindly agreed to do this for us,” Tom Le Pelley said.
This project follows on from the very successful Living Streets “Guernsey Country Walks” greeting cards and calendars which contain a sketch map of a country walk.
In January Living Streets was asked by the PEH to produce some “Lunch time walks” during their Weight Wise Week.
“The route we have chosen avoids the noise and pollution of the main roads and it is aimed at St. Martin’s residents who live in the area and who work in Town.”
“One of the benefits of walking or cycling to work is that once you have worked out your route you can guarantee always arriving on time, which avoids the stress of getting caught up in traffic jams and driving around trying to find a parking space.”
“The helpful leaflets will be distributed over the Walk to Work week. We really hope that the suggested routes will provide people with the inspiration to support the event,” Mr Smillie said.
The St. Martin’s leaflet is the first in a series that Living Streets will be designing.
Each map will pinpoint bus stops so that commuters have the alternative of taking the bus home (or even taking the bus into Town in inclement weather).
Tom Le Pelley said “we hope that giving people helpful information in their homes might encourage some St. Martin’s residents to consider a more active commute.”