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Physical, mental and social health

National survey of attitudes and barriers to walking in Scotland

Overview

Organisation:
Paths for All

Media type:
Statistics

Topic:
Physical, mental and social health

Setting:
Employees / workplace, Community, Families / residential, Individuals, Town centres / Urban, Pupils & students / education, Countryside / Rural

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The 2019 report details the findings of an omnibus survey of 1000 Scottish adults commissioned by Paths for All.
The National survey of attitudes and barriers to walking in Scotland research project from Paths for All was supported by Living Streets Scotland and funded by Transport Scotland.

Key statistics

74%
of Scottish adults said being able to walk to local shops was important when choosing where to live
63%
of Scots have been forced to change their walking routes due to issues such as parked cars or cyclists on pavements
55%
of adults had walked to and from public transport links in the previous month as part of a longer journey
74%
of 16-24 year olds had walked to and from public transport links in the previous month as part of a longer journey
45%
of people who reported walking less than they did 5 years ago said it was due to health or old age
78%
of Scottish adults agree that they like to walk because of its health benefits
72%
of Scottish adults agree that they like to walk because of it helps them relax
62%
of Scottish adults agree that they like to walk because of it's good for the environment
Paths for All commissioned 56 Degree Insight to undertake the 2019 National Survey. The survey has provided an updated picture of the Scottish adult population's participation and attitudes to walking, updating information last collected in 2014 and complementing other sources of information such as the Scottish Household Survey and Scotland's People and Nature.
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