The health benefits of a more active life are numerous, and cycling just one or two journeys each week can make a big difference to our levels of fitness and wellbeing. Cycling can also help reduce GHG emissions. Nearly 75% of our car journeys are under 5 miles, and using a bike for more of these short journeys can save over 0.5 tonnes of CO2 per person each year.
However, one problem is that many people would like to cycle more, but are concerned about fast traffic on busy roads around the village. This is a particular problem for young people and inexperienced cyclists. To help tackle this, WNZ aim to improve access to traffic-free cycling routes for both leisure and commuting use.
Working with Sustrans, the leading national sustainable transport charity, members of the community are exploring the feasibility of constructing a cycle path to Quorn, enabling increased levels of cycling for commuting and for leisure. Next, we would like to explore another traffic-free route to Loughborough. Hopefully, this will be the start of a network of cycle facilities in the area.