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Borderers urged to ‘leave the car when it’s not far’

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse launches the Scottish Government Active Travel campaign encouraging Scots to leave the car when it's not far.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse launches the Scottish Government Active Travel campaign encouraging Scots to leave the car when it's not far.

People in the Borders are being encouraged to leave the car for journeys under two miles and enjoy the stress-relieving and health benefits of active travel.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse has launched the second phase of the national Active Travel campaign and has confirmed a further £250,000 for local authorities to promote Smarter Choices, Smarter Places. By using active methods of transport, such as walking, instead of the car for short journeys, Scots can help improve their health and well-being, save money, reduce carbon emissions and help make Scotland a cleaner and greener place to live.

Families across the Scottish Borders are also being encouraged to leave the car at home for traveling to and from school.

Paul Wheelhouse said: “Many of us believe we’re too busy to leave the car at home when travelling short distances. But when you’re having a busy or stressful day, often nothing is more relaxing than a ten minute walk to clear your head and cycling can greatly enhance physical fitness.”

 

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