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One in six walk to work in Bath area, survey says

By Chron_News  |  Posted: May 17, 2013

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Around one in six people in the Bath area walk to work, new figures show.

The district has the seventh highest rate of pedestrian commuting in the South West, with a figure well above the national average of 10.7 per cent.

Analysis of census figures by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy shows that nearly 350,000 people in the region walk to work, 13.6 per cent of workers.

The Isles of Scilly have the highest proportion of residents who commute on foot at 38.5 per cent, while East Dorset has the lowest at 5.5 per cent.

Nationally, the number of people walking to work has increased by more than nine per cent in the past decade.

The CSP has called for more people to get active on their commute and for councils to facilitate this using their new public health responsibilities.

Chair Dr Helena Johnson said: “Walking is free and good for your health so it’s understandable that more people are doing it to get to work.

“Clearly some people need to use alternative modes of transport, but even then there are easy ways to build exercise into that journey - park further away from the office or get off the bus a stop early, for instance.

“Councils must do their part by promoting safe and enjoyable walking routes and removing some of the barriers that prevent people from getting exercise.

“Britain is facing an obesity crisis that is fuelled by inactivity. It is essential for the health of the nation that people find time to exercise and hopefully these statistics are an encouraging sign that the message is getting through.”

The City of London, the Isles of Scilly and Norwich make up the top three, while East Dorset, Bexley and South Staffordshire were the places where the smallest proportion of people walked to work.

The figures show that 14,579 workers walk to work in B&NES - 17.2 per cent.

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  • Abbeyred  |  May 19 2013, 8:31PM

    I walk to town every day, as I can't afford to park in Bath, or take the bus. I can't afford for my children to take the bus to school either because of the cost. Parking in Charlotte street car park is £10.80 a day = .................£54.00 a week (but you can only do 4 hours at a time so you have to go back at lunch time and put another ticket on). Bus fares are .................................................................£17.50 a week Bus fares for children........................................................£15.50 a week Park & ride....................................................................£16.00 a week When you look at these figures its no wonder so many people walk to work, we can't afford to do anything else. There will be more people taking to walking when the new parking restrictions are in place in Victoria park, the problem we will then face is more cars being parked in streets & residents not being able to park outside their own homes. Eventually businesses will move out of the city centre, Banes are forcing companies to rethink how & where their should operate. Bath is geared up for tourists & making as much money as possible out of everyone. I went on the tour bus around Bath when I first moved to Bath & they tell you Bath building have money spent on the fronts to look good & the backs are just patched up with anything. That is Banes they want to look good. All front no substance.

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  • wheelie_bin  |  May 17 2013, 4:02PM

    Well done First for promoting such a healthy lifestyle.

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  • jonquil  |  May 17 2013, 3:32PM

    Perhaps the safety inspectors could walk on foot around Bath and check the crossings, the ones in Bathwick are poor as people get frustrated by the long wait and cross before the green man appears, this is particularly the crossing on the Warminster Road end of Bathwick St, which is dangerous as it is impossible to see traffic coming from the right if you cross from the side coming towards town. Other culprits of this is are the crossing on Pierrepont Street and by the old Habitat. Do any of these ever get checked by on foot inspectors?

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  • robbie118  |  May 17 2013, 12:12PM

    Honestly say i walk to & from town every day.. For exercise and also to stop paying rip off bus prices. And i like this also : "Councils must do their part by promoting safe and enjoyable walking routes and removing some of the barriers that prevent people from getting exercise. Just be carefull and Avoid all the Buses / Cars / Lorries around the Southgate when you try walk across the road.. If you Can !! Read more: http://tinyurl.com/che9gl6 Follow us: @thisisbath on Twitter | thisisbath on Facebook

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