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Benefits of walking and riding

The benefits of participating in physical activities such as walking and cycling are well documented. Not only do individuals benefit from a health and wellbeing perspective, but the whole community benefits from a greater sense of community, social interaction, economic opportunities, improvement to the environment and urban congestion, air and noise pollution, reduction in crime and a healthier society.

Walking and cycling are activities that can be integrated into everyday life as daily transport and recreation making it easier to meet recommended physical activity targets. International research shows that people who walk and cycle regularly are more likely to be happy and have a lower risk of depression.

In recent years electric bicycles have improved in quality, availability and affordability. Electric bicycles allow more people the opportunity to comfortably travel by bicycle extending distance travelled, riding age into later life and similar overall physical activity benefits compared to push bicycles.

You don’t have to walk or ride everyday to see the benefits, so consider walking or riding one day in five and:

  • Have fun and socialise
  • Improve health and get some exercise
  • Save time and money
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce traffic
  • Care for the environment