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Promoting active modes of transport

Policy brief
By Platform
People walking through shopping street

Active transport most commonly refers to walking and cycling, but other modes include skateboarding, skiing, and running. Research has repeatedly shown the health benefits attached to active transport, but other benefits include the potential for active travel to reduce car use, which would reduce congestion, air, and noise pollution, as well as energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Regional authorities have a range of policy options available to them to encourage active transport. One of the main objectives is to make active transport more convenient and safer for users, as these factors have a large impact on mobility choices made by citizens.