Brighton and Hove has the highest proportion of residents who walk to work in the south east, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) recently declared.
The CSP says that of the almost 140,000 people in employment in Brighton and Hove, 20.6% did not use a car, bike or public transport to travel to and from their work. This is well above the national average of 10.7%.
CSP chairwoman 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 that people find time to exercise and hopefully these statistics are an encouraging sign that the message is getting through.”
Editor’s comment: This is great news but pleasantly no surprise, it would be interesting to know what percentage of workers cycle to work as my feeling is the workers of Brighton and Hove are particularly good on that front also.
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress so why not ditch the car and walk (or cycle, if you won’t get too sticky) if you’re heading out to a job interview.