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Active Travel Strategy Feb 2010


Department for Transport

Subject Keywords: Olympic legacy
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Strategy
Region: United Kingdom

Getting the right mix of modes of transport for local trips matters. Walking or cycling can be a quicker and lower cost alternative to the car or public transport for many short trips, and are often the easiest ways for most of us to get more physically active. More walking or cycling for short journeys has benefits for individuals in terms of their health â?" they are more likely to achieve a healthy weight and to have better mental well-being. There are benefits for communities too with safer and more pleasant streets, better air quality and lower carbon emissions, and reduced congestion. With the unmissable opportunity offered by hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to inspire more people to make a commitment to physical activity delivering a lasting health legacy from the Games, getting 2 million more adults active by 2012/13, is the goal. So DfT and DH have put walking and cycling at the heart of their transport and health strategies. Working closely with forward-thinking local authorities, they have been able to demonstrate beyond doubt the public health benefits of active travel, the impacts that targeted investment can have in increasing walking and cycling, and what the key factors for successful programmes are. This strategy draws these findings, and other information, together.



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Suggested citation:

Department for Transport. (2010) Active Travel Strategy Feb 2010 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 8th April 2020].


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