The chances are reasonable that you may have heard of Sustrans at some point, but you may not know who or what they are or what they do. Sustrans is all about encouraging people to travel on foot or by bicycle as often as possible. They also encourage the use of public transport whenever possible. They have one aim in mind – to ensure that some 80% of journeys made locally are made in one of these ways by the year 2020.
They also run a series of campaigns that help to raise awareness of their work and also of the various ways they can make the world safer when on foot or bike. One of their current campaigns is called Campaign for Safer Streets. The idea is to make sure more children can walk, cycle or even scoot to school on a scooter instead of being driven there by car. By encouraging the government to provide better cycling and walking routes it is easier to make sure this campaign will meet with success. They are asking for support from as many people as possible. Reducing speed limits in suitable areas is another way to make sure it is safer to walk or ride to school.
What are the benefits of making more local journeys in these ways?
There are many health benefits involved but the environment benefits too. We benefit by getting more regular exercise which is good for our health and sets up good habits too. The environment benefits because we will end up reducing the number of car journeys we make. You only need to turn up at a school when everyone arrives to see the vast number of cars that are parked there. By walking and cycling more than we do already, it bodes well for the future.
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Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown