Swansea residents are frequently ditching the car for more active ways of travelling locally, according to a survey.
The survey was carried out by the Swansea Bayways campaign, which promotes a network of around 118km of accessible and shared use cycling and walking routes across the county.
Swansea Bayways asked local people a series of questions about their recent journeys via its social media channels and the results were very positive.
81% of people polled would prefer to cycle or walk to work or the shops rather than take the car or use public transport. Plus, 25% of people used the cycling and walking routes around Swansea for the first time during lockdown.
Of the 72,000 households in Swansea, 60% are located within 500 meters of a dedicated cycle route and these results show more local people are cycling and walking locally for the first time.
There are many benefits to choosing cycling or walking over taking the car or even public transport. During these unprecedented times looking after our mental and physical wellbeing is a priority and using the cycle or walking routes is a great way to connect with nature, support health and fitness as well as helping the environment.
The Swansea Bayways campaign highlighted that with Covid-19 restrictions in place over the past few months and a reduced level of public transport running, more people are switching to cycling and walking locally as a safe alternative that they might not have considered before.
This is fantastic news as £5.5m has been invested in new routes over recent months and more routes are being added.
Councillor Mark Thomas, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, explained: “Swansea Bayways is all about encouraging people to switch their frequent short journeys –mainly to work, and then to the shops, to school or college, or to work meetings – by walking or cycling.
“Our message is, if it’s not far, leave the car. If it’s under one mile, why not walk it? Or if it’s anywhere between a mile and five miles, why not get on your bike?
“In recent months we have been investing in, developing and improving the network of shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians throughout Swansea. These schemes are providing vastly improved links for commuters, as well as for people who want to walk or cycle for other journeys.”