Active Travel

We commissioned an expert team led by Sustrans to review how active travel contributes to physical activity

Active travel means walking or cycling to get from place to place rather than solely for leisure or fitness – such as walking to school or cycling to work.

For many people this offers a convenient and accessible way to build physical activity into their lives.

Our new research provides an authoritative account of how, and how best, active travel can support physical activity.

Carried out by an independent team led by Sustrans, in partnership with Dr Nick Cavill and Prof Adrian Davis, it assesses the current and potential contribution of active travel to overall physical activity levels and reviews the effectiveness of many types of active travel interventions at increasing walking, cycling or physical activity.

To accompany the full research report, we have produced a short summary. In it we provide the main findings and messages, provide examples of effective interventions and tell you how you can use the full report to deliver, fund and research active travel to support physical activity.

You can download the full research report and our summary below.