Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Active Cornwall's May Bulletin

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How we have all had to dig deep to respond to the restrictions imposed on both our home lives and work lives. I certainly found being furloughed from an active role really difficult.

For many communities and families in Cornwall, lockdowns have meant weve needed to radically change our daily routines, be it work, school, home learning, physical activity, or how we travel. The latter has particularly seen a shift change in the way we are getting out and about with more and more taking to cycling, walking and scooting.

Weve created some resources to support schools and communities to see the benefits of Active Travel.

According to the Department of Transport many people have reconnected with cycling and walking as a result of the coronavirus pandemic: The initial lockdown period saw a 70% rise in the number of people on bikes - for exercise, or for safe, socially distanced travel.

We know that cycling and walking more can have positive health benefits and impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults. Lockdown has shown that when car use is reduced congestion is elevated and air quality is improved.

We have been working with partners, Sustrans, Modeshift Stars, Cycling UK and local communities and schools to continue the behaviour shift change, motivating and encouraging people to Get Out and About more using sustainable travel methods.

A particular part of this focus is working closely with schools, extending the work done by Sustrans, encouraging schools to see the whole school benefits to changing behaviours of a schools community, no matter how small.

Become an Active Travel Champion

We felt it important to continue on from the 2019/2020 9 Reasons to Actively Travel campaign and create further opportunities for schools to be supported. For us to work with them to develop Active Travel Plans that will promote the benefits and putting in place measures that promotes to families that many small changes could have big impacts.

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As part of the campaign we are calling for teachers, parents and carers to 'Make a Pledge' to increase their own amount of active travel or that of its school, however small, and also become a local Cornwall Active Travel Champion and help us spread the word within your community.

You can read more on those programmes here.

Bike Week

Families and communities can get involved in Bike Week between 31 May  5 June. At Active Cornwall wed also like you to get out and about this half term on your scooters, bikes and trikes. Well be promoting this through schools and the wider community.

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Families are being encouraged to take photos over half term and send them to us at Active Cornwall.

All images sent in will receive a Cornwall Active Travel Pin Badge and Participation Certificate. The top 3 images will be chosen, and winners will receive get a micro scooter.

Send in your images of your family Getting Out and About this May Half Term, to Karen.Edmond@cornwall.gov.uk

DONT FORGET TO PUT A POSTAL ADDRESS FOR YOU TO RECEIVE YOUR PIN BADGE AND CERTIFICATE.

To make things clearer for you we have put together some Terms & Conditions for sending in your images below:

T and Cs for Bike Week Get Out and About Competition.

You can find out more about Bike Week through Cycling UK, along with the challenges and resources.

Finally, I wanted to provide you with links to how Cornwall Council and our partners Sustrans are promoting Active Travel as a Healthy and Sustainable means of Transport.

Teaming with partners the Cornwall Council website provides and promotes:

  • School Active Travel Toolkit and Resources
  • Active Travel Maps for areas around the county

Maps show:

  • key locations including schools, local shops and green spaces
  • how to get to them on foot, by bike or by public transport
  • further information about walking and cycling routes in the local area
  • a handy distance/time calculator

Find out more here: Active travel: walking and cycling - Cornwall Council