What is Active Travel?
What is active travel?
Active travel describes making journeys by modes of transport that are completely or partially people powered, including walking, cycling and wheeling (such as mobility scooters). Using these modes rather than vehicles reduces congestion, emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter and improves air quality. It also contributes towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
As part of their role in promoting health and wellbeing, local authorities have an important sphere of influence that can be used to encourage active travel. This can include delivering infrastructure projects through the Capability Fund allocation, and implementing behaviour change programmes. This link https://active-travel.uk/
Pathways to Wellness: How Walking Routes Promote Healthy Lifestyles
A modal shift to walking and cycling has significant benefits, including cost savings on car maintenance, running costs and insurance as well as reducing lifecycle carbon emissions. It improves health and well-being as people are more physically active, makes social connections and boosts mental health. It is inclusive and helps reduce inequalities as access to jobs, services, schools and homes are improved.
This article presents the findings of a study that combines go-along journeys with interviews, enabling rich data grounded in the specific issues supporting or hindering active travel in market towns. The research explores the perceptions of commuters and older adults regarding what could be done to promote a modal shift to walking or cycling in market town settings. It also identifies key barriers to active travel that could be addressed in future interventions, particularly the need for better, safe and connected infrastructure.