free web stats

Southport Reporter - You local online newspaper for Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region.

  .Sign up to get our FREE email news bulletins.  


News Report Page 6 of 11
Publication Date:-
News reports located on this page = 2.

The 3 big reasons to ditch the car in favour of walking and cycling for short journeys

MOTORISTS in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to ditch the car for short journeys;- for their health, their wallet and the planet. A new campaign from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority aims to get people walking and cycling by encouraging them to think of themselves as the:- 'best vehicle for short journeys.'

The campaign will focus on how everyone can get about without jumping into a car by using people power; whether that's by:- cycling, walking, jogging, pushing a buggy or using a handbike.

It will run through the spring and summer as part of a long term push to keep more people travelling actively as Lockdown eases and beyond. But the message behind the campaign is stark.

While the City Region's domestic and business carbon dioxide emissions are steadily falling, transport emissions have risen since 2013, and most of that's down to the increased use of cars. And research shows car usage has already risen to near pre-Pandemic levels. Currently only 2% of all journeys in the City Region are taken by bike and 30% by walking.

Data also shows nearly ⅔ of journeys are short; less than 5km; and of those around ˝ are taken by car despite the trips often being within comfortable walking or cycling distance for most people.

That's contributed to a steady annual rise in the number of miles travelled in motor vehicles on the City Region's roads.
Tackling the over reliance on cars is seen as crucial to achieving the City Region's goal of being zero carbon by 2040 as the world grapples with a Climate Emergency.

That's why millions of pounds is being invested in new cycling and walking routes across Liverpool City Region to help people travel actively with confidence and to enjoy these 3 key benefits:-

It saves you money:- By not having to pay for fuel or parking, people can save serious money. A study in Denmark showed commuting by bike is on average 6 times less expensive than by car. Walking to work or the local shops can be even cheaper, and jogging or running could even save you money on a gym membership.

It improves your physical and mental health:- Regular walking and cycling can help reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease and stroke as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety by around a third.

It helps the environment and air quality:- Poor air quality kills around 800 people a year across the Liverpool City Region, by travelling more actively we can cut harmful emissions. Schemes to support walking and cycling have already cut carbon emissions here by 1,600 tonnes per year; the equivalent of taking 350 cars off the road.

Cycling and walking for daily exercise and essential journeys has surged in popularity during the Covid19 Pandemic. Around 6 in 10 of people told a Combined Authority survey they wanted to continue walking and cycling once restrictions end.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:- "In the past year, I know that lots of us have taken the chance to exercise more and even get out on our bikes. It would be fantastic if we were all able to keep that up after the Pandemic has passed and as Mayor, I am investing so that we can. We have already started work on a 600km network of new and improved walking and cycling routes across the Region. When complete, it'll give everybody somewhere safe and secure to get out and about. Most journeys people take are only short, but too many are taken by car. When we move out of Lockdown, let's look after ourselves and the environment a bit more by taking more journeys on foot or by bike!"

Wirral resident and physiotherapy support worker Julie Brooks has been getting out on her bike recently and would recommend it to everyone. Julie added:- "If you are lonely, bored or just don't know where to start, get your hands on a bike and your world will broaden so much. I hadn't been cycling properly in years but picked it up again so easily. It's a brilliant way to get about without having to jump in the car. You will make fantastic friends, discover hidden beauty spots on your doorstep, have the benefit of fresh air and exercise thrown in. New bikes lanes are making cycling much more user friendly, and when we're able to meet up again; there are so many local cycling groups to join. It really can change your life."

Simon O'Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for Liverpool City Region:- "Air quality, mental and physical wellbeing, safety for our most vulnerable, Climate Change. The reasons for getting more active and reducing road traffic are clear and of benefit to all. However, I believe the biggest reason for walking and, in particular, cycling around our Region is because it's brilliant. I swapped my car for my bike thirty years ago and I have never had to diet. I commute through beautiful parks and quiet ways arriving relaxed and invigorated. I am also wealthier. I save enough for an extra holiday a year. Like I say, brilliant. Get out there, go on an adventure where you live, to the shops, to School or to work. Find a different more relaxed way to get around as we work hard to make those journeys more convenient and safer by building a better network and improving our urban environment to support the changes we need to make."

Morrisons to donate 100,000 chocolate eggs this Easter

MORRISONS has announced it will be donating 100,000 chocolate eggs to those in need in the run up to the Easter weekend. Morrisons Community Champions at all stores nationwide will be working with local food banks, Schools and community groups to distribute the Easter treats to individuals and families who would benefit most. Each of Morrisons 497 stores will receive a dedicated delivery of more than 200 Easter eggs, including:- household favourites Smarties and Creme Egg, which will be set aside, ready to donate. Customers also have the opportunity to get involved as Morrisons is setting up:- 'Easter Egg Donation Stations' in every store where customers can drop off additional eggs they have purchased. The supermarket wants to raise the spirits of the nation and spread some hope and joy across local communities as Lockdown restrictions are set to be eased by the Government this week.

Rebecca Singleton, Customer and Community Director at Morrisons said:- "We know that celebratory occasions can come at an additional cost to families, but we want to make sure that no 1 goes without Easter eggs this year. Across the UK we'll be donating 100,000 eggs to local communities where they are needed most."

The Easter egg giveaway is part of Morrisons ₤5 million drive to keep the nation's food banks stocked by manufacturing additional products which are then donated directly to local communities. The ₤5 million donation, announced in January 2021, adds to the ₤10 million worth of food that Morrisons donated in 2020. For more information visit:- Morrisons.Co.UK.


News Report Audio Copy

Monthly Sponsor:- Holistic Realignment
Monthly sponsor:- Holistic Realignment - Your local, fully qualified sports therapist. Call now on:- 07870382109 to book an appointment.
Your local, fully qualified sports therapist. Call now on:- 07870382109 to book an appointment.



Please support local businesses like:-
Purple Rain - Southport - Merseyside 

Our live webcams...

This is a live image that reloads every 30 seconds.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.


Please support local businesses like:-


Click on to find out why the moon changes phases.  
This is the current phase of the moon. For more lunar related information, please click on here.

Disability Confident - Committed


Find out whats on in and around Merseyside!

This is just 1 of the events on our event calendar, click on
here to see lots more!

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the UK Press Regulator.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This is our process:-
Policy - Complaints Procedure - Whistle Blowing Policy

Contact us:-


Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge.
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.   Click on to see our Facebook Page.   This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. Click on to see our Twitter Feed.

Our News Room Office Address

Southport and Mersey Reporter, 4a Post Office Ave,
Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK

Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy - Terms & Conditions
  - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope.