Last updated: 13 May, 2020

Walking provides a range of health and social benefits. Just 30 minutes of walking per day can alleviate a range of health concerns and costs associated with inactivity, obesity and chronic disease.

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Over a million Victorians walk each year for recreation, making it the most popular recreational activity in Victoria.

Walking is both functional and recreational. In Victoria, one in six weekday trips is made on foot, and walking accounts for 2.36 million weekday trips compared to 1.61 million trips on public transport.

This summary is intended for people working in local government and community health organisations to support policy and planning. This may include preparing submissions to increase investment in walking, active travel and/or developing walkable neighbourhoods.