Why is active travel important for health

Active Travel is a form of transport of people and sometimes goods, that only uses the physical activity of the human being for the locomotion. The most known forms of active travel are walking or cycling.  Daily physical activity is hugely important for maintaining health  and inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK. The recommendation from the chief medical officers (CMO) of the UK is clear:  all adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) Continue reading →

A re-balancing of our travel system is needed.

Some key messages when developing a healthy local transport strategy include:  physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and costs £7.4 billion a year to business and wider society  the growth in road transport has been a major factor in reducing levels of physical activity and increasing obesity  building walking or cycling into daily routines are the most effective ways to increase physical activity  short car trips (under 5 miles) are a prime area for switching Continue reading →

Just joined 20sPlenty

We have just registered the 20mph campaign with the national 20sPlenty organisation.  Similar groups in Wiltshire would be: Atworth, Bradford-on-Avon,  Dilton Marsh, Lockeridge, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Purton, Salisbury, Shrewton, Winsley and Turleigh.  There are a number of areas that are already 20mph including Biddestone, Melksham and parts of Chippenham. Our local MP Michelle Donelan is also interested in 20mph speed limits and you can complete her survey here  We need to improve Corsham’s public realm and encourage active travel.  This will lead to health and well-being benefits, Continue reading →

A Plastic Ocean

A Documentary Film at the Pound Arts Centre Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30pm tickets £7.50  Both beautiful and chilling, A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver over a four-year period as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there.   “The most important film of our time.” – Sir David Attenborough

The cost of Corsham’s Public Realm

We have been living in Towns for about 7000 years and the streets are where we met each other, shop, ran businesses, socialized and where children played.  Just over 100 years ago the motor car came along and began to change the nature of the street, people were pushed to the side pavements and motorized transport became dominant.  In fact laws were passed to ensure the dominance of the car is our streets was maintained.  The result of this change is that streets are now Continue reading →

Why 20 mph is plenty

This post was taken from the West Midland Police Traffic division that eloquently explains why we need 20mph speed limits. ….well it’s like this, traffic levels are rising at about 1.4% a year. Factor in population growth, of which those in the age bracket most likely to drive is swelled by migration and you see that within 8 years we will have over 10% more vehicles on our roads. Anyone think we’ll have 10 % more road capacity? Imagine the cost for a start, it’s Continue reading →