Great Big Green Week logo above the image of someone riding a bike with leaves trailing behind above the words Active Travel

Find out how Warwickshire County Council is supporting residents to embrace active travel

In the first story from Warwickshire County Council’s Great Big Green Week celebration, the Council is covering the topic of active travel.

Active travel is a catch-all term that covers travelling by means other than motorised vehicles. Think walking, cycling, scooting, skateboarding, rollerblading, all active travel.

Extensive research has shown that a large proportion of the UKs carbon emissions come from car journeys and that close to 60% of these car journeys are under 5 miles. Journeys under this distance lend themselves perfectly to active travel alternatives and Warwickshire County Council’s mission is to encourage as many residents as possible to make this switch.

The benefits of active travel, for individuals and the environment, are huge:

  • 30 minutes of exercise every day (the equivalent of walking a couple of miles) has been shown to greatly improve people’s health outcomes;
  • Active travel, particularly walking, costs nothing and represents a saving compared to, often fuel-inefficient, short car journeys;
  • Less cars on the road mean less harmful CO2 in the air
  • Fewer cars also mean a decreased risk of collisions on our roads.

Everyone wins from making more active travel choices.

For a long time, Warwickshire County Council has adopted a cradle-to-grave approach to active travel with the road safety and active travel team working extensively with nursery, primary and secondary school settings to ensure that good practice is embedded from as an early age as possible. The Mascot of the early years' road safety and active travel campaign, Warwick Bear, was recently supported in his latest adventure by a very famous friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytC3rBAgrlQ

For all residents, the Council has launched the #JustOneJourney campaign which encourages people to find out about the benefits of active travel by switching just one short car journey at a time to a more active alternative. To support this, the Council have launched a new active travel website: http://www.safeactivetravelwcc.co.uk/

For residents and businesses with a love of cycling as their active travel of choice, Warwickshire County Council have recently partnered with cycling platform, Love to Ride, to embrace the Cycle September campaign. You can find out more about this here: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/3219/get-on-your-bike-this-september-with-love-to-ride-and-warwickshire-county-council

Leading by example on the active travel front, the Council celebrated Cycle to Work day 2022 over the summer with staff from the authority cycling a collective total of around 350 miles, saving the equivalent of approximately 144,000 grams of carbon compared to the same car journeys. More on that story here: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/3174/national-cycle-to-work-day-2022-in-warwickshire

To mark Great Big Green Week 2022, active travel officers from Warwickshire County Council will be holding a cycling event on the afternoon of Thursday 29 September between 2 and 5 pm by the Museum in Market Square, Warwick This event will be an opportunity for residents to have their bikes looked at by an experienced Dr. Bike mechanic, who will make on-the-spot minor adjustment and advise on any maintenance issues. Additionally, residents can get their bikes security marked and uploaded on to the national Bike Registry database.

Cllr Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture, said: “The benefits of active travel, particularly are huge both for the individual and for our wider environment.

“For many of us, it might seem difficult, and perhaps daunting, to know where to start as travelling by car, even for short journeys, has become so engrained in our daily lives.

“We are committed to supporting residents to realise that they can start their active travel adventure by switching just one car journey every week to an active alternative such as cycling and we hope that as many of our residents as possible use Great Big Green Week to realise the benefits of this form of travel.”

Find out more about safe and active travel in Warwickshire: http://www.safeactivetravelwcc.co.uk/

Find out more about Big Green Week here: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

Find a local Big Green Week event here: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/find-an-event/

There is just a short time remaining for community and voluntary groups to get their applications in for the second round of the Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund. Find out more: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/regeneration-projects/green-shoots-community-climate-change-fund-2022

For more information about how Warwickshire County Council is facing the challenges of the climate change emergency, visit: https://www.warwickshireclimateemergency.org.uk/

Published: 26th September 2022