In 2012, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE),1 published guidance which considers walking and cycling as forms of transport, for getting to work, school or the shops. The guidance states that walking and cycling bring numerous benefits including:
- Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
- Promoting mental wellbeing.
- A reduction in car travel, leading to reductions in air pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and congestion.
- A reduction in road danger and noise.
If more children walked to school, it would reduce urban traffic (including congestion on the A660) and lead to a healthier lifestyle amongst young people. “Living Streets” is encouraging young people to walk to school as part of their “Walk to School” campaign, and they’re asking people to sign a petition to David Cameron asking him to support their campaign:
If you’d like to sign the petition asking for David Cameron’s support for the Living Streets campaign, please click on this link:
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