One in six walk to work in Bath area, survey says
Around one in six people in the Bath area walk to work, new figures show.
The district has the seventh highest rate of pedestrian commuting in the South West, with a figure well above the national average of 10.7 per cent.
Analysis of census figures by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy shows that nearly 350,000 people in the region walk to work, 13.6 per cent of workers.
The Isles of Scilly have the highest proportion of residents who commute on foot at 38.5 per cent, while East Dorset has the lowest at 5.5 per cent.
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Nationally, the number of people walking to work has increased by more than nine per cent in the past decade.
The CSP has called for more people to get active on their commute and for councils to facilitate this using their new public health responsibilities.
Chair Dr 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 for the health of the nation that people find time to exercise and hopefully these statistics are an encouraging sign that the message is getting through.”
The City of London, the Isles of Scilly and Norwich make up the top three, while East Dorset, Bexley and South Staffordshire were the places where the smallest proportion of people walked to work.
The figures show that 14,579 workers walk to work in B&NES - 17.2 per cent.