The Commuter Newsletter May 2022

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The Commuter Newsletter
May 2022

national walking month has started

National Walking Month is back! To celebrate, we’ve arranged some free and fantastic guided walks that are open to all. Keep reading to find out how to book your ticket.

Walking is great for our physical and mental wellbeing and it’s easy to fit into a busy lifestyle. By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and road danger - whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process. Even a short 20-minute walk can help improve our health. 

That’s why we’re asking you to #Try20 – walk for 20 minutes every day in May. Keep reading for National Walking Month events and opportunities in Leeds.

Book a free lunchtime walking tour

Leeds art walking tour

To celebrate National Walking Month, we are partnering with Leeds City Walking Tours to offer an exciting programme of free walking tours throughout May.

Our lunchtime walking tours are a chance to take a break from work to explore the city, learn about the history of Leeds and get some fresh air. Book your ticket now!

  • Wednesday 11 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: A small constellation of Victorian architectural stars. Learn about some of the major 19th century architects of Leeds and their legacy. Click here to book your ticket.
  • Wednesday 18 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Terracotta taster. Explore the decorative and practical uses of ceramics in Leeds buildings. Click here to book your ticket.
  • Thursday 26 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Making city streets better for people. This tour will take you on a short journey through the history of our changing streets and point out some of the most recent investments. Click here to book your ticket.

Workplace walking meetings

walking meeting

Get out of the office – or the house if you’re working from home – and take your meeting outside! Enjoy some fresh air and boost your productivity by combining a work meeting with a walk. To learn more about walking meetings, click here.

Become a walk-friendly organisation

City Connect are supporting workplaces across West Yorkshire to tackle barriers to walking and create opportunities to walk more often. By taking part, your workplace will be taking steps towards improving the health and wellbeing of employees. To find out more and register your interest, visit City Connect.

Sarah's Story: Join the #WalkItRideIt movement

Sarah walking to work

Sarah loves walking to work because it makes her feel energised and helps her avoid getting stuck in traffic. Sarah's working day is quite intense, so walking gives her time to clear her thoughts and de-stress before she arrives at home. To find out how Sarah fits walking into her daily commute, click here to watch our case study video.

Wellbeing walks – join a community walking group

Walking is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental wellbeing. Joining a walking group in Leeds gives you an opportunity to meet new people and explore your local area. To find out more about Active Leeds walking groups in Middleton, Cross Gates, Gildersome and North Leeds, click here.

Explore Leeds with interactive walking trails and discovery games

love exploring app

The Love Exploring app features well-loved walking trails in Leeds and showcases many of our city’s highlights. There are over 20 interactive walking trails and augmented reality games to discover, including the Street Art Trail in Leeds city centre, the relaxing Mindfulness Trail in Roundhay Park and the brand-new Mega Mini Beast game. Click here to find out more.

Walk to School Week

A family walking to school

Could you walk to school with your children? Walk to School Week starts on Monday 16 May and promotes the benefits of healthier, greener travel. Walking to school as a family will improve mental and physical wellbeing, reduce traffic congestion at the school gates and improve air quality for the local community. Click here to download the Living Streets Family Walk to School Kit.