Pitt Manor is well connected to many of your local shops and community facilities making it quick and easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. South east of the development, off the A3090 is a Sainsbury’s and Starbucks. A ‘One Stop’ convenience store is located on Battery Hill, only 200m from the development. The Stanmore Recreation Ground is an eight minute walk east of the development. Active travel is a great way to get around, it is great for your mental and physical health and is an easy way to achieve the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity! Some of the health benefits of physical activity include:
- Improved health – strengthened immune system
- Good for your heart and lungs
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Increased energy levels
- Weight loss
- Can count as part of your recommended exercise (5 x 30mins per week).
- Has the potential to cut your risk of heart disease by up to 50% and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
One of the best things about walking is that it is FREE! Also, many places offer free, secure bike parking. By walking or cycling, you can avoid parking and petrol charges, and also save yourself from having to buy a gym membership!
By walking and cycling to your destination, you are also actively improving your environment. Active travel produces no pollution, and also reduces local traffic and congestion.
Hampshire County Council is currently preparing many improvements in cycling and walking facilities across your local area, making it easier, more convenient and safer for you to get around without needing a car. Keep an eye out for the changes happening around you, these include:
- Introducing pedestrian and cycling zones
- Providing additional bicycle parking facilities
- Changing junctions to accommodate more cyclists
- Introducing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
For further information on the improvements coming to walking and cycling facilities in your local area, click here.
Click on the image link to a see a plan of the area with typical journey distances and times to key local destinations.
Alternatively use the Traveline website is a great source for planning your journey and offers a variety of options for travel along with maps of the area.
Walking is doesn’t just have to get you from A to B, but can also be a great way to get to explore your local area. Click here to see some interesting walking routes in your local area!
Winchester is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and you are fortunate enough to have the South Downs right on your door step. Click here to explore some of the scenic cycle routes in your local area.
Resident Cycle Voucher Scheme – Chain Reaction Cycles
To encourage you to consider cycling as a realistic and affordable alternative to the car we are offering you a FREE cycle voucher worth £50 (included in your Residents Travel Pack) to help you get started. The FREE cycle voucher can be used to purchase anything from chainreactioncycles.com.
Local Cycle Groups
For those who fancy meeting some new people and taking in the local scenery, try joining a local cycle group such as North Hampshire CTC group. The CTC group organise rides for all abilities with listings on their website of forthcoming rides and distances. Alternatively if you are looking for a speedier, more lycra clad group, look up Cycle Club Winchester.
Electric bikes are a great, eco-friendly alternative to driving that allows you to avoid traffic jams and the hassle of finding a parking space! They are great for commuters, as the electric boost can help you keep up with the rest of the road traffic. Only a 19 minute cycle away from your house in Shawford is The Cycle Co. They offer a wide range of E-bikes to buy, hire or test ride.
Cycle to Work Scheme
Have you considered cycling to work, but you don’t have a bike? The government cycle to work scheme provides the opportunity for you to purchase a bike through your employer and make savings on the VAT. Savings can vary but you can save approximately 40% on the purchase of your bike. For more information see the cycle scheme website.