A network of walking routes connecting key destinations, stations and green spaces in Hackney and islington has been unveiled, to help people walk more for their daily commute.

The network was developed by local Living Streets volunteer groups, working with many others, including Islington Oonagh Gay walking guides, Jen Pedler and Lesley Thompson and Sean Gubbins, local history guide to Walk Hackney.

The online map is free to download and view and was created as part of a larger London project called Footways.

Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington’s Chief Environment and Transportation Officer, urged people to take advantage of the new resource, adding: “Footways’ fantastic new map is an easy-to-use guide to the best and most interesting routes in the world. hike around Islington, Hackney and beyond. , taking popular landmarks. “

Cllr Rowena Champion chats with residents during a sidewalk walk.
– Credit: Paul Cochrane / Footways

The Footways central London pilot project, supported by Transport for London, resulted in the publication and free distribution of a printed map in 2020, designed by the Urban Good company of Hackney Downs Studio.

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The Footways team is now looking for partners to turn the routes into downloadable digital editions and print versions.

Cllr Champion and Hackney Transport and Public Realm portfolio holder Cllr Mete Coban marked the exit on London Car Free Day (September 23) with a ride between Islington and Hackney Town Halls.

Local people helped develop the hiking routes around Hackney and Islington to encourage walking.

Local people have helped develop the hiking routes around Hackney and Islington to encourage walking and make it more accessible.
– Credit: Paul Cochrane / Footways

Cllr Coban said: “This new walking map from Footways is a great tool for residents who want to enjoy Hackney’s beautiful streets, half of which are now covered by low traffic neighborhoods.

“I can’t wait to see how the project evolves.

Cllr Mete Coban with residents on Car Free Day (September 23) 2021.

Cllr Mete Coban with residents on Car Free Day (September 23) 2021.
– Credit: Paul Cochrane / Footways

The councilors were joined by Living Streets CEO Stephen Edwards, as well as activists and residents.

The map is a reminder that many 20- or 30-minute walks in London only take a few minutes longer than the same journey by public transport.

And, while many are aware of the health benefits of walking, TfL has released an evidence package showing the economic benefits and social value.

David Harrison, Co-Founder of Footways added: “Walking is often seen as a leisure activity rather than a mode of transportation.

“People choose to walk further and further when it is a pleasant option, and the advice from Hackney and Islington is increasingly creating the right conditions.”

To view or download the map and learn more, visit footways.london