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Active travel

Be it walking to school, cycling to work, or other everyday journeys you make to get from place to place – rather than solely for leisure or fitness – active travel can offer a convenient, accessible and affordable way to move more.

At a glance

Increasing levels of physical activity is central to improving the nation’s health and wellbeing, and active travel - which is the everyday journeys we make to get from place to place, like cycling to work - is widely viewed as having the potential to play a major part in that mission.

The evidence base on the link between active travel and physical activity is extensive, wide-ranging in terms of the interventions reviewed, exhibits variable degrees of rigour, and can be interpreted in different ways. In particular, the volume of available material has grown considerably in recent years and are expected to continue to grow in coming years. 

Two women walking arm in arm.

Our strategy - Towards an Active Nation

Our strategy Towards an Active Nation sets out our vision that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, should feel able to take part in sport or activity for the benefits it brings. Active travel is widely recognised for its role in supporting this.

We’re shining a light on the huge impact environmental prompts and cues can have in changing people’s behaviour, which is why we’re championing Active Design alongside active travel.

Active Design promotes physical activity, health and stronger communities through the way we design and build our towns and cities.

It has 10 principles to inspire and inform the layout of cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and open spaces, to create more opportunities for physical activity.

Find out more about our Towards an Active Nation strategy

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