Sports Development Unit

Walking & Cycle Projects


Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

The Isle of Wight Council successfully applied to the Department for Transport for support to develop a plan that aims to improve walking and cycling infrastructure. The initial Local cycling and walking infrastructure plan (Ryde interchange and Newport) has been developed for the Ryde interchange and Newport town, with a view to expand this to cover the whole island over time.

Local cycling and walking Infrastructure plans (LCWIPs) are identified in the Government’s strategy as a new tool to identify strategic cycling and walking improvements at the local level. They enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks, ideally over a 10-year period.

Below are our top 5 reasons to start walking and cycling:

  1. Walking and Cycling improves mental well-being

    A study by the YMCA showed that people who had a physically active lifestyle had a wellbeing score 32 per cent higher than inactive individuals. There are so many ways that exercise can boost your mood: there’s the basic release of adrenalin and endorphins, and the improved confidence that comes from achieving new things.

  2. Walking and Cycling improves lung health

    Not only is it true that exercise helps to strengthen your lungs, but a recent study suggests that people who walk or ride a bike are actually exposed to fewer dangerous fumes than those who travel by car. A study by the Healthy Air Campaign, Kings College London, and Camden Council, saw air pollution detectors fitted to a car driver and a cyclist using a busy route through central London. The results showed that the driver experienced five times higher pollution levels than the cyclist.

  3. Walking and Cycling improves brain power

    Exercise has been repeatedly linked to brain health and the reduction of cognitive changes that can leave us vulnerable to dementia later in life. A 2013 study found that during exercise, blood flow in the brain rises by 28 per cent, and up to 70 per cent in specific areas. Not only that, but after exercise, in some areas blood flow remained up by 40 per cent even after exercise.

  4. Walking and Cycling strengthens your immune system 

    Dr. David Nieman and his colleagues at Appalachian State University studied 1000 adults up to the age of 85. They found that exercise had huge benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system, thus reducing instances of the common cold. Dr. Nieman said: “People can knock down sick days by about 40 percent by exercising aerobically on most days of the week while at the same time receiving many other exercise-related health benefits.

  5. Environmental & Public Health Benefits
    The climate is changing, and transportation is a leading cause. In fact, transportation is the leading contributor of greenhouse gases. Reducing traffic by choosing to bike or walk can reap incredible environmental benefits. Consider ditching your car and hopping on a bike or walking the next time you need to go somewhere. Simply choosing environmentally-friendly modes of transportation some of the time can be incredibly beneficial.


Walking for health

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust are delivering a program of Health Walks across the Island these walks are a great way to introduce exercise into your week, they are all led by experienced volunteers, can be done at your own pace and are fairly flat. For those that are looking for something challenging they also offer progression walks.