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:
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“A generation ago over 70% of children walked to school. Today this has dropped to 46%.
But it’s not too late to turn things around. A relatively small investment from the government could help make walking the norm for millions of children, helping to cut childhood obesity and relieve congestion and pollution.
The government has made some commitment to tackling this issue but plans are scant. With the government Spending Review due we think it’s time to take it to the top.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Sustrans (a cycling and sustainable transport organisation) to ask David Cameron to take a lead and make sure that the plans laid out for walking and cycling are given adequate funds.”[/dropshadowbox]
If you’d like to sign the petition asking for David Cameron’s support for the Living Streets campaign, please click on this link: