Travelling more actively in our daily lives not only promotes physical well-being but also contributes to environmental sustainability as well as a more engaged lifestyle!
With a few simple adjustments, anyone can inject their routine with active travel, reaping the benefits of exercise and reducing their carbon footprint.
Small, consistent changes can make a big difference in your physical health, mental well-being, and the environment.
The most straightforward way to travel actively is by walking or cycling for short distances. Choose to walk or bike to work, school, or local shops whenever possible.
It's a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and reduce our reliance on cars. In 2021, the UK’s National Transport Survey revealed that 17% of journeys of less than one mile were taken in cars, a perfect distance for walking or cycling. Scooting is also a great way to help kids cover more distance if they can’t manage very far on foot yet.
If walking or cycling the entire distance to work or school isn't feasible, consider a half way house. Park your car a bit farther from your destination and walk or cycle the remaining distance.
It's a practical compromise for those with longer commutes. There are lots of options for being more active on your way to work, including parking further away, getting off the bus early, or walking or cycling all the way. This can make your commute more enjoyable, and help you get a good dose of activity before starting your workday.
If you’re able to, encourage your workplace to support active travel by providing facilities like bike racks, showers, and incentives for employees who commute actively.
The Cycle To Work scheme is a great way to help people cycle more too. You could even suggest walking meetings, as walking boosts creativity, improve mood, and enhance physical fitness. More physically active staff lead to healthier (and more productive) teams!
More and more cities are investing in active transportation infrastructure like bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and bike-sharing programs. Try out these facilities and build them into your routine if you enjoyed them or they save you money! It's worth researching local initiatives as many councils are introducing cargo bike hire and similar options to encourage more active travel.
Opt for public transportation when covering longer distances within your city or town. Walking or cycling to the nearest bus or train stop is an excellent way to incorporate activity into your daily commute. Plus, it helps ease traffic congestion and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
When making plans for your time off, why not tackle a great walking or cycling route, or even go kayaking, SUPing or skating. Travelling actively is a great way to spend time with friends and family too. Water sports and skiing must count as active travel holidays too, no?!
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