Active Travel in Oadby and Wigston
Whether you are back in the office or doing the school run, there are lots of ways you can make your 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. You can incorporate active travel into longer journeys too, by parking further away or taking part of the journey by train or bus.
Benefits of Active Travel
- Improve air quality and reduces pollution / noise
- Reduce congestion, in built up cities and towns it can be quicker to use active modes of transport than to travel by car
- Incorporates 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 (for the individual and the economy) – less money spent on fuel and public transport
- Resolves parking issues at workplaces and outside schools
- 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 to Work/School
Active Travel means happier, healthier children, helping them to achieve their recommend activity levels every day.
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.
During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
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?
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