Exeter has set its sights on reaching 50% of all journeys within the City being made on foot and cycle. This means that the way we travel around our city, to access employment, education or services, needs to change significantly from how it is today.
Overall, Exeter is a healthy place to live. But some areas in the city have poorer health outcomes than others. Similarly, although prosperity overall in the city has grown in recent years, the health inequalities gap between the most and least well off areas has increased.
We know that active and healthy lifestyles bring wider benefits to individuals and communities, and can help tackle strategic challenges. In particular, more people leading active lives could reduce health inequality, tackle congestion, improve community connectivity and reduce social isolation.
We aspire to create a high-quality and accessible built environment and green spaces across Exeter that encourages the use of active transport. This will need to be supported by the right infrastructure (like changing and storage facilities) and a comprehensive network of safe routes, to ensure that most everyday journeys are made by walking and cycling.