#WheelsinMotion is a new campaign jointly supported by Public Health Scotland with partners, Transport Scotland, Paths for All, Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Sustrans Scotland and Scottish Cycling. This shared campaign encourages people to leave the car at home in favour of walking, wheeling and cycling for essential journeys, wellbeing and exercise.
A spokesperson from Public Health Scotland said “We know that adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many people have been spending time in their local neighbourhoods and have come to appreciate the facilities and services available to them that are within easy reach of their homes. Over the past year, more of us have enjoyed the benefits of exploring our local areas by foot, wheels or bike.
Matt Lowther, Head of Place and Equity at Public Health Scotland said:
“The places we live in have a significant impact on health. At a time when people across Scotland are taking action to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important that we continue to support the development of healthy and equitable places as part of our response. How we move around our neighbourhoods is integral to this. Walking, wheeling and cycling during lockdown allows people to exercise safely while adhering to restrictions and fosters connections within local communities.
“How we travel affects both our health as individuals and our wellbeing as a community. It is often those living on lower incomes and in our poorest areas who have the worst experiences of health inequalities. Our aim is for everyone in Scotland to live in a place that supports their health and well-being and to be part of an Active Nation.”
More information on the #WheelsinMotion campaign can be found on the Sustrans website.