To encourage walking in the Capital we are investing in London's streets to make them safer and more attractive places to walk. We also promote walking through Legible London, the Walk London Network, and work with schools and businesses to support behaviour change.

Investing in London's streets

We're delivering improvements to London's streets and public spaces through the Road Modernisation Plan. This will make the pedestrian experience better and help people get around the city more easily.

We also provide funding to to help them upgrade streets and public spaces across the city.

Examples of how our investment has previously helped improve the experience of walking in London can be found in' Better Streets Delivered' on the Urban Design London website.

Tools for improving London streets

Streetscape Guidance

Streetscape Guidance is part of our Streets toolkit. It provides a standard for the quality of London's streets and spaces. The guidance helps planners, engineers, designers and other practitioners create high quality streets and public spaces that are accessible to all.

The document defines our aims and outlines the criteria for good design, material selection, installation and maintenance - whether the project is a major one-off or a smaller local adjustment.

Pedestrian Comfort Guidance

Pedestrian Comfort Guidance (PCG) is a tool that helps us assess whether pavements are wide enough for the number of pedestrians who use them.

The PCG guidance document describes how to carry out a comfort assessment and review the results. The accompanying spreadsheet is used to calculate the results. If you would like to receive a copy of this spreadsheet, email us at

Pedestrian Environment Review System

Pedestrian Environment Review System (PERS) is an audit tool that is used to assess the quality of places where people walk - such as a street, crossing, around a bus stop or park.

PERS scores a range of factors which impact on people's experience of using streets and public spaces. These include the width of pavements and steepness of dropped kerbs, as well as their general look and feel.

Making walking safer

We are committed to reducing the number of pedestrians harmed on London's roads.

Our Pedestrian Safety Action Plan sets out a strategy for improving the safety of pedestrians in London. Since the plan was launched in 2014 we have delivered several actions to make walking safer in the Capital. 

The number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads is at its lowest level since records began. To build on this progress in reducing pedestrian casualties, a new target for a 50% fall in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2020 has been set.

Our new approach is to refocus on addressing more effectively the five main sources of road danger:

  • Travelling too fast
  • Becoming distracted
  • Making risky manoeuvres
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to comply with the laws of the roads.

Find out more about our new approach and how we are working towards roads free from death and serious on the Safe Streets for London page.

Promoting walking

Legible London

Legible London makes it easy for people on foot to find their way around. The navigation system presents information in a range of ways, including detailed maps and signs showing realistic walking times.

Legible London is integrated across London's transport system. Maps can be found in Tube stations, at bus stops and Santander Cycles docking stations.

Over 1500 signs are currently installed across the Capital. Around 700 cycle hire docking station signs also use Legible London maps. We're now working with boroughs, Business Improvement Districts and other organisations to expand the system.

Walk London network

The Walk London network consists of seven high quality walking routes across Greater London:

  • Capital Ring
  • Green Chain
  • Jubilee Greenway
  • Jubilee Walkway
  • Lea Valley
  • London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP)
  • Thames Path

The clearly signed routes are specifically designed to be easily accessible by public transport so people can walk as little or as far as they want by walking them in sections.

The routes give London one of the largest managed walking networks of any city in the world.

Walking weekends

We sponsor three walking weekends each year in autumn, winter and spring covering many highlights from the Walk London network. The walks are free and led by experienced guides.

Walking Tube map

Many journeys between neighbouring central London Underground stations are actually quicker on foot than by Tube. Londoners and visitors can now see how quick and easy it is to walk between stations with two maps that show the walking times and number of steps between stations on the same line in Zones 1 and 2.

The two maps are complemented by a table of popular journeys between stations on different lines that are often quicker to walk. See the walking maps and table on the main Walking page.

Working with schools

We promote walking to school through our STARS programme. STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is an accreditation scheme for schools, nurseries and colleges to inspire young Londoners to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely.

Find out more about how we work with schools and young people.

Walking and workplaces

A workforce that walks more is likely to be healthier, happier and more productive. It could also cut spending on business travel.

To find out how to promote walking in your workplace email with 'walking' in the subject line.