Active Travel in Oadby and Wigston
Whether you are back in the office, working from home or doing the school run, there are lots of ways you can make your commute (or fake commute) an active, healthy and enjoyable one!
Active travel means making your journeys physically active, by means such as cycling, walking, or scooting. They are often short journeys such as a trip the supermarket or into town, or your daily commute to work or school, a lunch break or pre work walk. You can incorporate active travel into longer journeys too, by parking further away or taking part of the journey by train or bus.
Why is Active Travel so beneficial?
- Improve air quality and reduces pollution / noise
- Reduce/beat the traffic
- Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine – reduces the need to find extra time in the day to be active.
- Physical activity is good for our physical and mental health.
- More cost effective - less money spent on fuel and public transport
- Resolves parking issues
- Fewer cars mean the roads are safer
- Improves mood and concentration – improving productivity at work or school
- COVID-19 – safer mode of travel and reduces chance of virus transmission
Active Travel Fake Commute: working from home doesn't mean you can't be active
Just because you're working from home, doesn't mean you have to miss out on an active commute before starting work. Get yourself outside on a walk/cycle or scoot before knuckling down to your working day. If early mornings aren't your cup of tea, can you get out on your lunch break or a fake 'office to home' commute following a busy day of work.
Can you get out for a walk every working day?
Can you do 3000 steps before starting work?
Can you try a new route every week?
Could you have a walking meeting/phone call?
Being active helps improve your concentration levels during the day and overall health and wellbeing making you more productive, happier and healthier!
Top tips for cycling to work/school
- Use a route planner to ensure your safety
- Have a practise cycle of the route
- Learn how to change a tyre and perform basic maintenance checks
- Always wear a helmet, reflective clothing and have lights on your bike
Top tips for walking to work/school
- Plan your journey to find footpaths or quieter roads
- Wear appropriate shoes and take a change if needs be
- Think about your bag, a rucksack may be more appropriate
- Predict how long your journey will take