man cycling
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
3 minute read

What is active travelling?

Active travel means to travel in physically active ways like, walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, mobility scooters, running and rollerblading.

How can it benefit us?

Active travel not only allows us to connect with others but also to enjoy the outdoors and breathe in some fresh air, giving us both mental and physical health benefits.

Embracing active travelling can have a huge impact on the environment too, decreasing air pollution and the impact it has on our respiratory systems whilst boosting our cardiovascular health.

Doctors in London believe that active travel can be used as a form of social prescribing due to the health benefits -

1 in 10 cases of stroke and heart disease could be prevented by supporting inactive people to be active.

How can I get involved?

Explore an active mode of transport that is easy and safe for you –

 

  • Do you have a passion for cycling? Find a suitable bike for your needs. If you live in an area with lots of hills, consider hiring an e-bike for that extra push. Check out these different types of inclusive cycles: Wheels for Wellbeing.

 

  • A walk or hike may be perfect for you, explore scenic and safe walking routes prior, you could even switch the route up to keep things fresh. Explore these hiking sticks for extra mobility support.

 

2 people with bright pink jackets on walking with hiking walking sticks

 

Keeping yourself and others safe is the number one rule of active travel. This can include:

 

  • Respecting others around you and keeping your distance.

 

  • Wearing a helmet when cycling or using rollerblades, skateboards, or scooters. If you are trying these for the first time, keep away from the road and practice in a safe place whilst wearing protective gear like knee pads.

 

  • If travelling at night or in poor weather conditions, wear a high vis and make sure your safety lights are working. Adding reflective materials to your mode of transport can give you an extra layer of visibility and safety when travelling by a road.

 

a white and red sign with a bike on with a bridge in the background

 

  • If you are going out alone and trying something for the first time, let a close friend or family member know where you are going in case you require help.

 

  • Map out a safe, accessible route before starting your journey. Find suitable cycle paths and routes where you are traveling – check your local council site for information on this.

 

a map and a walking stick sitting on a bale of hay

 

Finally, enjoy yourself:

 

  • Don't feel pressured into using a mode of transport you are not comfortable using. Your safety and wellbeing come first, and this is the perfect opportunity to explore something you enjoy.