Active travel is good for you and good for the environment. Travelling actively means walking, cycling, scootering or even running. Upper Tay Transport wants to make it easier to choose walking and cycling for every day journeys. We do this in a range of ways including enabling local people to borrow electric and manual bikes, providing free bike training, supporting gentle walking and cycling groups, providing information and more. We also work in schools to promote active travel.
What can walking or cycling do for your health?
Being inactive is a serious threat to our collective health. Research shows that keeping physically active can reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease by as much as 35% and risk of early death by as much as 30%. It’s recommended that adults take part in 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week. But current physical activity levels in the UK are low: only 40% of men and 28% of women meet these minimum recommendations. One way to achieve this target is to do 30 minutes’ exercise at least five times a week – the perfect length of time for short, local journeys on foot or by bike. By swapping short car journeys for cycling or walking, you can easily build exercise into your day and reap the health benefits. Research shows adults who cycle regularly have fitness levels of someone up to 10 years younger. More information from Paths for All or Sustrans.
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