Obesity in the UK is at an all time high, and we are constantly reminded by the government to walk more.
That's all very well unless you live in a rural area, where, more often and not, there are NO footpaths to walk on, forcing people to use a car for almost every journey.
Rural roads are highly dangerous for adults to walk along, and deathtraps for children. Simply slowing the speed of rural traffic down is not an answer to this problem, dedicated footpaths are needed.
The government could put some of the unemployed and unemployable to work building footpaths in rural areas to allow local people the choice of walking to work or to the shops.
Why does this idea matter?
The ability to travel without the use of a car should be made into a civil liberty, otherwise dependence the internal combustion will never be reduced.