Barnsley Council has launched its #ActiveTravelBarnsley campaign this month which aims to encourage residents to help themselves to get healthy.
During the month, the council will be frequently reminding people of the wide range of resources available to residents to all ages and abilities which can help people to ditch the short car journeys and consider active travel.
By promoting locations such as Barnsley’s cycle Hub, located in the Barnsley interchange, the recycle bike scheme and options to hire a bike available, residents have a number of support options which can help them consider how they travel to school, work, or even just nipping to the shop.
With a number of recent infrastructure installations including a new unsegregated area in Little Houghton, Bar lane towards smithies, and improvements to the Trans Pennine Trail, Barnsley has a number of traffic-free alternatives to travel. Recently at Elsecar park, a new bicycle track has also been installed which is a fantastic location for children to learn to ride.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “It’s important we promote the resources available in Barnsley which can help our residents help themselves to get healthy. We have a number of schemes and places such as the Cycle hub which allows people to ride into the town centre and have a safe place to loan or store your bike, carry out repairs and even has showers.
“Small changes like not using the car for short journeys, walking or cycling the kids to school, even using a scooter, can really help get fit and stay a healthy weight, improve mental health, limit pollution, reduce congestion and improve road safety.”
June also plays host to a number of campaigns including world bicycle day, national clean air day, and men’s health week. Public Health England has also chosen June to promote their #Active 10 campaign, aimed at encouraging people to do 10 minutes of intense walking per day, a scheme also supported and promoted in Barnsley.
During June, Barnsley will also two days of the schools Yorkshire tour, a four-week‘ baton passing’ between over 160 schools across Yorkshire, covering over 400 miles! This forms part of the legacy of the town hosting stage two of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, which will look to encourage more children to enjoy cycling and encourage kids to want to ride to school.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can travel in an active way, visit https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/tourism-sports-and-leisure/cycling/active-travel/