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Active Travel

Scotland's People and Nature Survey (SPANS)

Overview

Organisation:
Scottish Natural Heritage

Media type:
Statistics

Topic:
Active Travel

Setting:
Community, Families / residential, Individuals, Town centres / Urban, Leisure & recreation / tourism, Countryside / Rural

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Scotland's People and Nature Survey (SPANS) is carried out every three years. It includes: the number and types of visits people make to the outdoors; what benefits people feel they get from visiting the outdoors; and people’s perceptions of National Parks, national and local landscapes and the provision of woodland and other types of greenspace for recreation.
SPANS provides data on:the number and types of visits people make to the outdoors; what benefits people feel they get from visiting the outdoors; people’s perceptions of National Parks, national and local landscapes and the provision of woodland and other types of greenspace for recreation.

Key statistics

457.4m
trips to the outdoors involved walking which is 84% of all trips to the outdoors (SPANS 2018)
38.7m
trips to the outdoors (7%) involved cycling or mountainbiking (SPANS 2018)
182.4m
trips to the outdoors (33%) involved walking less than 2 miles (SPANS 2018)
252.1m
trips to the outdoors (46%) involved walking between 2 and 8 miles (SPANS 2018)
21.8m
trips to the outdoors (4%) involved walking more than 8 miles (SPANS 2018)
13.8m
trips to the outdoors (3%) involved hillwalking or mountaineering (SPANS 2018)
42%
of trips to the outdoors were to exercise a dog
37%
of trips to the outdoors were 37% for health / exercise (SPANS 2018)
Walking
has been the most popular outdoor activity for a decade, in the range 79% and 88%, between 2004 and 2017/18 (SPANS 2018)
75%
of people in urban areas live within a ten minute walk of their local greenspace (SPANS 2014)
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