Active travel is an approach to travel and transport that focuses on physical activity (walking and cycling) as opposed to motorised and carbon-dependent means.
We all rely heavily on cars and public transport, because they make our lives so easy. Whilst it can take a bit longer and you may not be able to do it for all of your journeys, making active travel choices is an easy way to fit activity into your day. Swap the car for two legs or two wheels and you may be surprised how easy it is to fit physical activity into your day.
Benefits of active travel:
- Active travel supports local businesses and promotes vibrant town centres.
- It makes for a high quality, appealing public realm.
- It reduces car travel, air pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and congestion, helping our environment.
- It reduces road danger and noise.
- It increases the number of people of all ages out on the streets, making public spaces seem more welcoming and providing opportunities for social interaction and children's play.
- It provides an opportunity for everyone, including people with impairments, to experience and enjoy the outdoor experience.
- Health benefits (physical, emotional and mental).
You're in charge. You decide if you want to cut the route down, or run some errands along the way.
A reliable journey. There's no traffic when you walk, you're entirely in control.
Thinking time. Clear your head and de-stress - get to work in a better mood!
Easy exercise. Walking reguarly can build your fitness and help to reduce your risk of all kinds of health problems.
More pounds in your pocket. There is no doubt that walking is the cheapest method of travel. The only thing you'll be spending is calories!
Keep up to date with your community. Keep your eye out for all the changes that happen on your route - whether it's a new shop, restaurant or cafe, you'll be more likely to notice it if you're walking.
Walking to School
Happier, Healthier Children: It's been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
Less Congestion: During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
Cleaner Air: The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides?
The Cycle to Work Scheme is designed to help you save money on a new bike for work by spreading the cost of a bike over 12 monthly tax-free installments through your employer.
- Your workplace registers with the scheme.
- You choose the bike you want.
- Your employer pays for it.
- You pay your employer back through 12 monthly installments taken through payroll.
Why Should I Cycle?
Cycling is fun. Remind yourself of your childhood! It's much more fun than being stuck in traffic.
It's fast. You can sail past traffic jams. Most areas of Leicester are well within a 30 minute ride.
Get fit. Cycling is a great exercise and a really easy way of building in some activity to your day. A cycle to work will count towards activity points and remember points mean prizes!
It's free. Apart from the maintenance of the bike (nothing compared to the running costs of a car), no petrol is required! Save money and treat yourself!
- Plan your route - practice the route at the weekend when the roads are quieter so that you know where to go come Monday morning.
- Find out if there are places for you to get freshened up before you begin your work day.
- Roll your clothes so they don't get creased.
- Bring shampoo/shower gel if there are shower facilities.
- Combine your journeys if it's a longer one - cycle to the train station and do part of the journey on the train. Check that your train allows standard bikes or invest in a fold up bike.
- Buddy up - if someone from work lives nears you why not travel in together?