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Tameside wants pedal or foot power to become the new norm

Press Release: 15/07/2020

 
TAMESIDE residents are being urged to take advantage of the ideal time to get walking or cycling to boost their health and the environment.
 
Cycle to Work Day takes place on 6 August and is a great opportunity to join in the cycling revolution in Tameside.  People can sign up with Facebook, Strava or simply by entering their details, and then connect a smartphone app so they can log their rides.  For details visit http://www.cycletoworkday.org/. 
 
During lockdown roads were quieter and streets safer as people stayed at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 
 
Bike sales rose and continue to do so in Tameside as people choose cycling and walking as a way to keep physically and mentally active. Since the Government announced the easing of restrictions more people in Tameside have continued to cycle or walk before using public transport, helping to control the spread of the virus and keep people safe. This is also helping to reduce pollution levels and is protecting the environment and reducing traffic on the roads.

There has never been a better time to walk and cycle. Tameside is a fantastic place with large open spaces, beautiful countryside and miles of trails and footpaths.  Walking and cycling are a great way to keep fit and healthy, have fun and are a more sustainable way to get about. It’s good for your health, good for your wallet and good for the world. 
 
There is a huge variety of marked trails and paths, from the 32 mile Tameside Trail that passes through each of the nine towns to shorter routes that take in the river valleys and hilltops. If you’ve not walked or cycled for a while, there are plenty of guided walks and free cycle training sessions taking place to help get you back in the swing of things.
 
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must stay at home as much as possible; work from home if you can; limit contact with other people; keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible); wash your hands regularly. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
 
Tameside Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, Allison Gwynne said: “We want to create a genuine culture of walking and cycling in Tameside so that it becomes the natural choice for as many short trips as possible. In Tameside, it is estimated that we spend £26m per annum in avoidable costs to the health system. This is due to treating people for illnesses that could have been prevented if people were more physically active.  When you couple that with the fact that 30% of trips under 1km in Greater Manchester are made by car, the equivalent of 15 minutes walking or 4 minutes cycling, the benefits and need for an improved system becomes instantly clear.  
 
“Not only is walking and cycling good for our health and will reduce pressures on our services, but it reduces congestion and improves air quality too.  The Council has been successful in securing funds to deliver new walking and cycling infrastructure.”
 
For cycling and walking routes in Tameside and details on how to commute smart visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/walkingandcycling
 
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @TamesideCouncil and share your commute photos and comments using the hashtags #CYCLETOWORKDAY #CommuteSmart #ChooseCycling
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