OPINION: Walking away with inequities in public tree cover?

Residents are more likely to choose walking as a primary commuting mode in neighbourhoods with leafier streets (Wang and Qui, 2018).  The odds of walking further are also enhanced by the density of street trees as much as street network connectivity (Sarker et al., 2015).

Yet inequities in the distribution of public tree cover means tree shaded footpaths are least likely in neighbourhoods with more renters and less wealthy residents. Have local governments got their urban greening priorities wrong or are we failing to design streets for trees and pedestrians?