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Travel for Life - Walking

Lancashire is blessed with some of the most beautiful country side the nation has to offer.
We offer you information on aspects of walking safely in Lancashire, including suitable footpaths, walking groups and road safety for pedestrians.
 
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Walking Groups - Walking for Health is England's largest network of health walk schemes, encouraging and helping all kinds of people in their local community. For more information visit: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Accessible Footpaths - There is a network of accessible footpaths looked after by Lancashire County Council, providing pathways that allow easy access for all and a safe way to enjoy Lancashire outdoors.
Trampers - Trampers allow people who struggle to walk the opportunity to experience the countryside by using four wheel drive all terrain electric off road vehicles. They are available to hire in some country parks across the county.
 
Motobility Scooters - Mobility Scooters are a great way to get around particularly in urban landscapes. Remember to make sure you take extra care when sharing a footpath with pedestrians.
 

Pedestrian Safety
As we get older we frustratingly lose speed, vision and hearing. All of which make crossing busy roads safely much more of a challenge. We have been crossing roads our whole lives but it doesn't hurt to remember what we were taught as children - and maybe learn a few new things. Before venturing out ask yourself and remember the following:
  • Plan your Journey - allow plenty of time.
  • Travel at quieter times if possible - avoid rush hour.
  • Stay alert - vehicles may be going faster than you think.
  • Be aware of other road users who are distracted - eg: listening to music or on the phone.
  • Always walk on the footpath - if you are forced to walk on the road remember to walk facing oncoming traffic and as close to the side of the road as possible.
  • Wear glasses and hearing aids if required.
  • Wear bright/reflective clothing.
  • Whenever possible use safe crossings like zebra, pelican crossings or make use of traffic islands.