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West Berkshire is tops for cycling and walking

West Berkshire has the highest cycling and walking rates of any Berkshire local authority, according to statistics published this week by the Department for Transport.

The figures, which measure how often residents either walk or cycle, found that over 85% of resident’s cycle or walk at least once a month, the highest in Berkshire.

 It was also found that almost 40% of residents do so at least five times per week, more than any neighbouring authority. 

Commenting on how the findings, Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, said: “These figures from the Department for Transport couldn’t be more welcome.

 “As a council we are investing in our paths and cycle ways. For example, we’re spending over £1.1m provided by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership in an improved cycle and pedestrian route between Newbury and Calcot.

 “These statistics prove this is something our resident’s value and we’re looking forward to even more people exploring beautiful West Berkshire on foot or bike.”

 Rick Jones, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It’s fantastic to see that physical activity is a priority for residents of West Berkshire. The benefits of keeping on the move extend far beyond keeping the body healthy. It’s vital for good mental health, too, so these figures are really good news.

 “Anyone looking for route ideas for a leisurely stroll or cycle will find some really useful maps on the council’s website at www.westberks.gov.uk/walkingandcycling.”