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The cost of living: Economy-boosting benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling

The cost of living: Economy-boosting benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling

In the UK, we’re facing the worst cost of living crisis in many years. With rapid increases in the cost of energy, food and transport,…

Thursday, Oct 20

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In the UK, we’re facing the worst cost of living crisis in many years. With rapid increases in the cost of energy, food and transport, many people are struggling to get by. The UK Government is prioritising growth, but it must also provide better support to people, especially those on low incomes or at risk of poverty. And continued investment in active travel can help achieve this.

The cost of running a car is becoming unaffordable for many people, putting them at risk of transport poverty.

It is vital that we do more to help people on low incomes to walk, wheel or cycle to access the things they need.

We also need to help those who own a car to save money by leaving their cars at home and walking, wheeling, or cycling more.

That’s why we’re calling on the UK Government to continue its multi-year investment in walking, wheeling and cycling.

This will help ensure our transport system is more sustainable and resilient for the longer term. Walking, wheeling and cycling benefits people and the economy

Evidence clearly shows the benefits from walking and cycling for the economy.These include increased spending on the high street and town centres, benefits to employers, reduced costs for the NHS from greater physical activity, and reduced congestion. Sustrans’ Walking and Cycling Index showed that in 2021, walking, wheeling and cycling created £6.5 billion in economic benefit for individuals and society across the areas surveyed.*Extrapolating these figures to the whole of the UK, assuming […]

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