Time to Pedal and Stride!

Go Golborne steps up with a new campaign to promote active travel.

Go Golborne and the Council’s Sustainable Travel team are joining forces on a new mini-campaign to encourage active travel amongst children, families and the wider community. Building walking and cycling into our daily routines is one of the most effective ways to increase physical activity and is good for our mental health too. If more people travel in an active way it will help to reduce car use which in turn helps to reduce congestion, pollution and protect the environment.

Over the coming months Go Golborne and the Sustainable Travel team will be working in partnership with local organisations to organise lots of activities to make it easier for people to Pedal & Stride (or skate and scoot!) around town.

Local schools will be participating in the Walk on Weekdays (WOW!) challenge run by walking charity Living Streets and in a project with local charity ACAVA involving pin-hole photography to capture images of beauty on our streets. Community organisations will receive support to update and improve their travel plans and introduce new ways to encourage staff and service users to make active journeys.

To help kick-start the campaign we are organising some fun activities including an Urban Nature Photo Ride with Bikeminded, the Council’s cycling campaign, and a free Family Feel Good Festival with an active travel theme on Saturday 11 November between 1 and 4.30pm at the Venture Community Association.

Inspired by the TfL ‘walking tube map’ we have created our very own map that shows the rough walking time between family friendly venues in and around the area – copies will be distributed via schools, local libraries and community centres. Local residents will also be invited to participate in a ‘Community Street Audit’ led by the walking charity Living Streets to identify ways that key walking routes in the Golborne area could be improved and inform Council plans. Details of how residents can get involved in the audits and other campaign activities will be posted soon on the Pedal & Stride homepage.

Welcoming the campaign Dr Mike Robinson, Director of Public Health said: "Finding ways to make it easier and more pleasant for people to walk and cycle brings many health and environmental benefits. I am delighted that this joint campaign between the Council’s Public Health and Transport teams will help to address barriers to active travel in collaboration with the local community in a fun and engaging way".

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