Not far? Leave the car and feel better

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Written by Carl

Did you know that mile for mile, short car trips create the most CO2 emissions? And that a third of all car journeys in Scotland are under two miles?

The Scottish Government has just launched a new campaign to encourage us all to leave the leave the car and choose walking and cycling instead. You might have seen their ad on telly:

By leaving the car, you’re not just cutting carbon emissions and helping the environment. All the evidence says you’ll feel better. As well as giving you more energy, walking or cycling for short journeys can reduce stress, help you sleep better and even improve your digestion. And it’s free, too!

A free app for the iPhone has also been developed. Journeys helps you to find and record routes and lets you know how far you’ve walked, jogged or cycled. The app also gives you instant feedback on how many calories you’re burning and all the carbon emissions you’re saving. It can even give you an idea of how much better you’re feeling.

Here’s another YouTube video with a preview of the app and what it can do:

From looking at the video it looks like a great bit of software to use alongside your pedometer to record your activity. The mapping tool seems really useful for discovering new walks, whether it’s to and from work or just to the shops for a pint of milk. We’ll be trying this out and will report back soon!

To download the free app visit the Apple Store. Or find out more at

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