Take part in Southend’s walking survey
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is asking residents to take part in a survey of the borough’s walking habits. The online ‘Make Walking Count’ survey is designed to find out how much people living in the town are walking and to identify any barriers to walking in their local area.
The results will be used to help the Council identify where action is required to make walking a more attractive alternative to other forms of transport.
Previous research indicates that 53 per cent of the borough’s residents travel less than 5kms to work. Yet 51 per cent travel by car or van and only 13 per cent commute by walking, cycling, bus or train.
Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, said: “Southend is relatively flat and is in one of the driest areas of the country.
“Walking and cycling are increasingly attractive modes of travel, particularly for short journeys. However, we need to make it easier for people to do both.
“We want to know about any walking you do as part of a journey, whether it’s to a bus stop or train station, or just for enjoyment like walking the dog.
“For the purposes of the survey we also want to hear from people who travel by mobility aid, wheelchair, skateboard, micro-scooter, skates and jogging.
“The information gleaned will help us identify what we have to do to make travelling around the borough under your own steam the most attractive mode of transport.”
The survey, which is being carried out as part of the Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Programme, takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and runs until 30th June. It does NOT ask residents to identify themselves and the results will be treated in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
To take part all you have to do is go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/southendmakewalkingcount
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