Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.
Every year, walking and cycling in Edinburgh results in:
I go for a walk most days now thanks to the Tuesday morning walking group, run by Edinburgh & the Lothians Greenspace Trust. It was hard to find the motivation to go for a walk by myself.
Since joining the group I have more energy, sleep better and walk more instead of taking the bus.
I like the social side of it as you get to talk to people from different walks of life. I always find that I feel happier on a Tuesday afternoon after walking with the group. I usually walk along a route that has bus stops so that I can have a rest on a bench if I need to.
It’d be great to have more benches everywhere.
Walking, wheeling, and cycling boost to environment and economy
Results from The Edinburgh Walking and Cycling Index show that 66% of residents walk at least five days a week - more than any other mode of transport, and above the average of 50% for all cities in the Index.
However, nearly 71 million journeys of up to three miles, many of which could potentially be walked or cycled, are still driven in Edinburgh each year.
Most respondents - 78% - said more shops and everyday services close to home would encourage them to walk and wheel more.
The same number supported the creation of more 20-minute neighbourhoods.
Twenty-three per cent of residents currently don’t cycle but would like to.
And 64% say more physically segregated cycle lanes on roads would help them to take up cycling, with access to secure cycle storage at or near home (57%) amongst other incentives to cycling.
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