Why sustainable travel?
Sustainable travel means making a little extra effort to get a lot of reward. Sustainable travel has significant benefits for individual and community health as well as personal well-being and not to mention the fact that it saves you money and improves your local environment.
Increasing how much someone walks or cycles may increase their overall level of physical activity, leading to associated health benefits. This can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes. It can also keep the musculoskeletal system healthy and promote mental well-being.
Getting on your bike can yield much the same health benefits as doing a specific training programme. Cycling for an additional 30 minutes on most days of the week, combined with reducing calorie intake, can achieve weight loss comparable to that achieved by doing three aerobic classes a week.
Cycling to work - small changes, big differences (Cycling England – Cycling and Health.)
- Reduce car travel, leading to improvements in air quality, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion.
- Improve road safety and limit noise from traffic.
- Increase the number of people of all ages who are out on the streets, making public spaces seem more welcoming and providing opportunities for social interaction.
- Provide an opportunity for everyone, including people with an impairment, to participate in and enjoy the outdoor environment.
Perhaps the greatest reward for using sustainable travel is that of creating some personal time and space to experience the local environment, take the time to truly enjoy your surroundings and find an alternative to the stresses and strains of high paced living.
- Reducing your car usage by just 10% can save an average motorist approximately £400 per year.
- Walking 2 miles (3.4KM) every day can help reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and other health problems.
- Improved air quality can have a measurable impact on local health and well-being particularly among children.
The museum interprets Harrogate's history as a spa town and was originally built in 1842 to shelter the town's more affluent visitors as they took to the spa waters including the Tsarina Alexandra of Russia in 1911.
This area of Harrogate includes some of the town's most distinctive and attractive architecture. Developed from the late 1880's the tree lined avenues are well worth exploring and highlight the town's unique and distinct character.