Active Travel in West Lothian


Active travel refers to modes of transportation that involves physical activity, such walking, cycling and scootering. It is a sustainable and healthy alternative to motorised travel.

Choosing active travel to make everyday journeys, such as traveling to work; picking up shopping; doing the school run; or visiting a friend improves our health, quality of life and the environment. 

We know that starting something new can be challenging, and getting active is no exception. On this page you’ll find some handy tips and resources to help you on your way.

Here you can find factsheets, tips and information, maps, organisations, apps, and services available in West Lothian, to do with active travel.

Let us know what works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for this page, please email westspace@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Cycle to Work Schemes

5 Benefits of Walking, Wheeling and Cycling

Active Travel Community Stories


Tips and Information

Here you will find tips and information on Active Travel.

Get active, feel good – Mind

How being active can improve mental health – Active My Way

Benefits of exercise – NHS

Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says study – BBC News

Organisations

Here is a list of UK wide organisations related to Active Travel:

West Lothian Bike Library – Offer bike hire and bike loans can be offered free to people for whom cost is a barrier

Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme – Offers free bike repairs up to the value of £50

Halfords – Offers free bike health checks

Bikeability Scotland – Bikeability Scotland is the national cycle training programme for school children, building the skills and confidence needed to cycle on the road.

Sustrans – Custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone

Bikes for Refugees Scotland – aims to support the resettlement of socio-economically disadvantaged and isolated New Scots through the provision of free bicycles.

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you – West Space service directory


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