Further information can be found here.
Research conducted by Stagecoach has found that bus travel costs are around 55% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of more than £90 a month, according to the study. The study found the biggest savings were in the East of England where bus passengers travelling between St Ives and Cambridge were 83% better off or saving more than £5,500 a year compared to motorists. This savings would be enough to cover the entire annual energy costs for a medium-sized house even with fuel prices being at their lowest level for six years.
Further information can be found here.
A recent large UK study has found people who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car. The results come from 150,000 UK adults aged 40 or older who agreed to be measured and weighed and fill in a survey about their typical journey to and from work. Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking. But even those who used public transport were leaner than car users.
Study author Dr Ellen Flint, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "We know that physical activity can help prevent obesity - absolutely we do - and yet, two thirds of the UK population don't achieve weekly recommended levels of physical activity. "This study shows basically that people who do manage to build some level of physical exertion into their commute, even if it's just walking to a bus stop or cycling a short distance, they tend to be less heavy and have less body fat than people who drive all the way to work."
Justin Varney, deputy director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, said: "Physical activity can play a role in maintaining a healthy weight, and helps to prevent or manage over 20 long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Walking and cycling are some of the easiest ways for people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives and it is never too late to start."
Full article can be found here.
It is believed that a typical British person spends three and half hours of every 16 waking hours to their car. There are cheaper options and each month we will explore each alternatives to cut your car use.
This month we explore walking as it links in well with the National Walking Month from 1st to 31st of May. Living Streets encourage people to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking. Walking totes the same benefits of running, with the added bonus of being low impact.
To make a walk effective for fitness, (oppose to a leisurely stroll) try: walking fast, walking far or using your arms to "pump" with your steps. This increases the cardiovascular demand on the body and better circulates blood throughout the body.
Here are some ideas for walking:
The Mental Health Foundation has reported that just 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise can improve self-esteem, boost concentration and help us sleep better, as well as combating tension, stress and mental fatigue by flooding your body with happy chemicals like oxytocin and vitamin D. Walking is a great way to improve your physique and overall health and fitness levels. Walking also lowers stress, strengthens the heart, and tones the lower body.
Summer is a good time to consider leaving your car at home and trying other options of getting around.
Travel Plan Plus is organising an open event to promote a range of green sustainable modes of transport to get to work which will be held at the Trinity Centre Car Park. This event will be held on 2nd June to coincide with the World Environment Day on 5th June which focuses on doing something positive for the environment. The World Environment Day is the “opportunity for everyone to realise the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change” (UNEP, 2016).
This open event offers you the chance to explore a wide range of sustainable modes of transport to get to work, sustainable options for running errands on the weekends including day trips with young children and even reviewing your current transport options. The event will provide a perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about sustainable modes of travel and also updates on the City Deal projects.
Some of the companies who will be present on the day to discuss about their products include: Abellio Greater Anglia, Ben Hayward Cycles, Cambridge Motorcycles, Cambridge Regional College, Dutch Bikes, Elms Cambridge, GreenAir Cars, Greater Northern Rail, Network Rail, Outspoken and many more.
Event details are as follows:
Date & Time: Thursday 2nd June 2016, 1130 - 1430
Where: Trinity Centre Car Park, Unit 24 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road
Further information and reminders will follow, but for now please save this date and time in your calendars and we look forward to seeing you on the day.
Rutland Cycling is an independent, family-run business, which last year bought Cambridge chain Station Cycles, has opened its fifth store in the city, located in the new CyclePoint bike park adjacent to the railway station from the weekend of 16th April. The store opens seven days a week, provides a full sales and maintenance service, as well as cycle hire. Brands stocked include: Brompton, Specialized, Trek, Brompton, Pashley and Whyte, and the shop also provide a click-and-collect service for orders purchased through www.rutlandcycling.com
The Outspoken will be relocating from Newmarket to a new premises of 11,000 sq ft on 140 Cowley Road on 19th May 2016. The building includes warehouse and office space over two floors on a site of a third of an acre. All their three services – Outspoken Cycles, Outspoken Training and Outspoken Delivery will all be housed under one roof.
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