Do yourself a favour and walk

The Daily Telegraph

Friday 5 October 2001

By Caroline Adam

CITY footpaths will see a steady stream of human traffic and busy roads will be free of traffic jams if all goes to plan today on the first national Walk to Work Day.

Brainchild of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Walk to Work Day marks the beginning of what chairman Harold Scruby hopes will be a new era in commuting.

Mr Scruby said the aim was to encourage “better health, cleaner air, less traffic and improved transport”.

He said the health benefits of walking this morning will carry over into the work day.
“You get to work having done your daily exercise, physically healthier and mentally relaxed and alert,” he said.

And there is no excuse for those who claim they live too far from work to take part. Mr Scruby says participants can combine walking with public transport.

Those who want to take part are invited to prepare for it by going along to the free breakfasts being held in their honour by some councils.

North Sydney council's free breakfast, starting at 7am, will be held at Milsons Point steps, near the Harbour Bridge walkway access in Broughton St.

Olympian Jane Saville will then lead participants across the bridge at 7.30am. Walkers will continue on to Wynyard Park in York St, where Sanitarium will host another free “healthy heroes” breakfast at 8am.

Those who haven't yet signed up can still do so by filling in the Hero's Pledge on the Walk to Work Day website.

Alternatively, you can just leave the car behind.

Walk to Work Day also marks the beginning of Go Transport Week, a Transport NSW initiative which will run until October 11.