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Economics & benefits

The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland (NWCN)

Overview

Organisation:
Sustrans Scotland

Media type:
Other evidence/studies

Topic:
Economics & benefits

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

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Baseline report for The National Walking and Cycling Network in Scotland (NWCN)
This report evidences the number of trips made on the network, characteristics of network users, users' perceptions and the benefits to local businesses.

Key statistics

8,492,835
estimated walking trips on the National Walking and Cycling Network in 2016 (NWCN 2016)
1,103,938
estimated walking trips on the NWCN were for travel to work, shopping or visiting friends (NWCN 2016)
7,387,897
estimated walking trips on the NWCN were for leisure (NWCN 2016)
69%
of users of the NWCN walked or used their bike for their complete journey that day (NWCN 2016)
?84.9m
of estimated expenditure in the local economy was generated from the estimated 7.5m recreational trips on the NWCN (NWCN 2016)
?11.35
per trip is estimated to be spent by walkers and cyclists spend an estimated ?5.96 (NWCN 2016)
52%
of businesses located on or near the NWCN expect it to lead to increased footfall (NWCN 2016)
27%
of businesses located on or near the NWCN anticipate an extended operating season due to the NWCN (NWCN 2016)
34%
of businesses located on or near the NWCN estimate half of their customers use the local walking and cycling routes (NWCN 2016)
1,925
full time equivalent jobs are estimated to be supported through tourism linked to walking and a further 25 with cycling (NWCN 2016)
Over half
Just over 1/2 of all route users achive 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days in the week (NWCN 2016)
Three quarters
3/4 of all route users state the NWCN helped them increase their physical activity levels (NWCN 2016)
A quarter
1/4 of route users have achieved phyical activity levels due to local walking and cycling routes (NWCN 2016)
63%
of route users chose not to use a car that day because of the health benefits of walking and cycling (NWCN 2016)
Plans for a strategic network of long-distance paths and routes across Scotland are included in the Scottish Government's third National Planning Framework (NPF3), its long-term vision for development and investment in Scotland over the next twenty to thirty years. The National Walking and Cycling Network (NWCN), identified in NPF3 will build on the existing network of routes in Scotland by closing key gaps, upgrading connections, encouraging multi-use and improving links with public transport.
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