Small groups checked the most important walking routes through Winchester town in 2016, to decide where signposts are needed and where obstructions should be removed.

This was a project of Feet First, the Winchester City Council 2016-2017 theme.

Over the summer of 2016 WinACC audited the following key pedestrian routes in Winchester:

The primary purpose of five of the audits was to identify where signage is required to make routes more user-friendly. The sixth audit – Chesil Street – was planned as a full audit, examining all aspects of the environment for pedestrians.

A number of problems, common to all the routes audited, were identified. In relation to signs:

  • Inconsistency of designs for pedestrians;

  • Many in poor condition and location;

  • Information inadequate in terms of destinations highlighted;

  • No information on the time to walk to destinations.

Additionally, and of particular relevance to older people, is the absence of seating along routes.

It is important to embed walking in people’s daily routines for environmental and health benefits. To encourage walking WinACC recommendeds that the signage on all the routes audited is improved as a matter of course and that infrastructural improvements are listed and prioritised, to be completed as resources allow.

More about the Winchester Walking Strategy here