Active travel

Active travel is about making journeys in physically active ways like walking, cycling and wheeling.

Benefits of active travel

Active travel is beneficial for your health and wellbeing, the wider environment and the economy.

  • it can improve your physical and mental health; active travel like cycling and walking can boost your mood and help keep you fitter and healthier; just 30 minutes of walking a day can increase your heart and lung fitness, while reducing risk of chronic and cardiovascular disease
  • it can help save you money as active travel methods are cheaper than other ways of getting around
  • it is good for the environment, reducing emissions, noise, traffic congestion and wear and tear on roads.
  • it supports local economies by making places attractive to live, work and visit

Active travel partners

Dumfries and Galloway Council works with key partner organisations, including Scottish Government, to deliver projects that make active travel choices in the region.

Transport Scotland



Cycling Scotland

Active travel strategy

Our active travel strategy is about promoting and supporting the choice to use active travel for leisure, exercise, going to school, work, or other trips.

Find out more about our active travel strategy