Amy Law, Department for Infrastructure, Belfast
I then went out on lunchtime walks with Sustrans and found out about cycle training. It was these lunchtime activities that got me exercising more and helped me lose weight for my wedding. I brought in a pair of trainers, which I kept under my desk.
By the end of the challenge I lost a stone and managed to keep it off. I also saved money, which I was able to put towards my wedding. The car hardly gets used anymore.”
Karen Moison, Libraries NI, Limavady
My mother, who is 93, lives 65 miles away, so I take the train to visit her, reducing my CO2 emissions and giving me time to read my library book! It’s so much more relaxing than driving.
I would encourage everyone to take part in the Active Travel Challenge this year. Having targets motivates us to do that little bit more. Reducing emissions, improving physical and mental health and saving money – it’s a win, win, win situation!”
Michael Cunningham, Public Health Agency, Belfast
Before lockdown I cycled on a daily basis travelling to work and other leisure cycles. Over the past year I have been able to work from home and have kept up daily exercise, whether that is simply walking to the shops or walking or cycling for exercise along the greenways.
I found that getting out of the house and getting some exercise and fresh air has helped me with benefits to my mental and physical health and using my car a lot less over the past year.
I have recently used the train for leisure purposes, taking my bike on board to Mossley West, cycling back home along Newtownabbey Way and once to Larne cycling around the town and the cycle lanes.”