If you’re stuck for ideas for your New Year’s Resolutions, why not commit to active travel? Below are a few of the ways you can get involved.
Swapping the car for a bike means you will get more fresh air and help the environment at the same time! You can hire a bike from The Comfy Saddle (http://comfysaddle.co.uk/) or Motion Hub (http://www.southendbikeshare.com/). Alternatively you can buy an affordable reconditioned bike from The ReCycle Centre. They have lots of bikes for sale and trained technicians on hand to provide advice. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07824 301609.
If you don’t know how to cycle or your skills are a bit rusty, subsidised adult cycle training courses and bike maintenance sessions are available. If you would like more information about any of these courses, please email email@example.com or call 01702 215338.
Try to walk short distances instead of driving them. Walking is great for physical and mental health, and it will save you money! Make sure you have some comfy shoes and you’re ready to go. Our website has links to maps around Essex that will help you to plan your route. Walking groups are great if you need some encouragement and support, visit https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/ to find your local group.
Travel by bus or train! South Essex has excellent travel links, with many train stations which can take you throughout the county and to London. Catching the bus is another option – in Southend alone there are 700 bus stops! We can offer people a two month ticket to use on public transport if they complete a Personal Travel Plan.
Join our SEAT Liftshare scheme to reduce sole occupancy car journeys. You could share lifts to work with colleagues, taking it in turns to drive and pick each other up. Doing this reduces the number of cars on the road, making the commute faster, reduces pollution, and saves you money as you share travel costs. There’s no minimum commitment so you can share as much or as little as you like! For more information, visit www.seat.liftshare.com or contact the South Essex Active Travel team on 01702 534439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.