Walking and cycling
Walking and cycling are effective, healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transport.
NHS Scotland recommends that adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
Active travel has many health benefits including:
- Reduces risk of a range of diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
- Helps maintain a healthy weight
- Helps maintain and strengthen joints and bones
- Improves self-esteem
- Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
SPT is working with our partner councils to promote and encourage active travel across the SPT area. This includes investment in improved pedestrian links to public transport and in the regional and national cycle network.
Scottish residents walk on average 179 miles a year or around 1/2 a mile a day (Scottish Transport Statistics 2009/2010). Walking has many health benefits. As well as walking at the weekends and in your free time, why not walk more while you are at work?
Here are some suggestions if you want to walk a bit more during the working day:
- If you commute by bus, walk to the next bus stop rather than to the nearest one
- If you commute by train and live near the station instead of driving to the station walk once or twice a week
- If you commute by car park the car a little further away from the work place and walk
- Go for a short walk at lunchtime
- Walk to meetings
To find a walking route or plan a walking trip visit the Walk it website.
The SPT Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, supports employers who encourage their staff to walk. We can fund travel planning activities to promote walking to, from or at work (terms and conditions apply).
The SPT Capital Funding Program assists our council partners to develop and improve national and local path networks, helping to create safe and accessible walking routes through out the SPT area.
SPT funding has been used to:
- Improve walking routes to public transport
- Provide signage and improve path surfaces
- Develop and widen local paths
- Create new paths to link local communities
Currently 1% of all journeys by Scottish residents are made by bicycle (Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary, 2008), the Scottish Government’s Cycling Action Plan aims to increase this number to 10% by 2020. Working with our partner organisations, SPT supports and promotes cycling in a number of ways.
Our Capital Funding Program assists our Council partners to develop and improve a number of national and local cycle routes through out the SPT area including:
- Connect 2 National cycle route
- Enhanced linkages to National Cycle Network 75
- Development of the National Cycle Network 74
- The South Paisley Cycle link
- The Prestwick to Ayr cycle path
- Lanark to Carstairs cycle route
Our Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme, supports employers who encourage their staff to cycle to work. We can fund staff bike parking facilities and travel planning activities to promote cycling to work (terms and conditions apply) Working with our partner organisations we encourage employers to be become a Cycle Friendly Employer and provide their staff with the bike to work scheme.
- SPT Journeyshare – Matches you up with others going the same route, so you can share your bike journey
- Cycle Routes UK – A great site for finding Cycle routes, mountain bike trails and single track that has been tried and tested
- Map My Ride – Search for cycling routes in your area
- Cycling Scotland – Cycling Scotland is the national cycle promotion organisation for Scotland
- Sustrans – A leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport
- The Bike Station – Scotland’s largest bicycle recycling organisation