DO you opt to walk or cycle rather than take the car for every trip? If so, you could be an 'active travel champion'.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel team wants to hear positive stories from people in Craven who are committed to walking or cycling so that their stories might inspire others.

Potential 'active travel champions' could cycle or walk to work, on the school run, or on other short journeys.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “Walking and cycling have so many pluses for those who do them regularly. These include personal benefits, such as increased fitness and money saved on fuel and parking, as well as environmental benefits through reducing congestion and improving air quality.”

Jackie Speakman from the Sustainable Travel team said: “We hope to change people’s habits from driving on all short journeys and increase the number of people who opt to walk or cycle instead. By hearing other people’s positive experiences of active travel, we hope others will be encouraged to do the same.

“If you recognise yourself as an active travel champion, we would love to hear your story about how cycling and walking work for you and your family.”

Email your story to Jackie Speakman at

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