Driving for exercise

Driving to exercise should be allowed within a small radius from home of ,say, 20 miles. This should allow people a little more freedom whilst freeing up more congested areas in cities whilst also limited spread to rural areas. Cars should not need to be more than 20 miles from their registration address and so checking ahould be easy.

Why the contribution is important

This will allow people in cities to get out to exercise in a more rural setting and will also allow people living in rural areas a chance to move more freely in areas that have a lower risk of contagion. This will improve benefits of exercise with negligible effect on spread of or risk of spread of contagion.

by mangoditch on May 08, 2020 at 08:26AM

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  • Posted by mcmillana May 08, 2020 at 08:31

    Eventually, yes. But I’m behavioural terms it may lead to riskier behaviours more generally
  • Posted by Janhoppo May 08, 2020 at 08:49

    This is an excellent suggestion. We have not driven anywhere to exercise or walk our dog since lockdown. The car has only been used for shopping locally. We live in a rural location and to exercise or walk the dog we have to negotiate an unpaved 40 mph country road to gain access to tracks across farmland. You would think the road is quieter at the moment, but we still usually have to get out of the way of several vehicles during our walk. Whilst we are fortunate to be able to use these tracks, they are not ideal as we often encounter farm vehicles using them. The landowner has responsibly put up notices for the attention of people using the tracks during lockdown, advising on safe practices whilst on farmland, ie keeping dogs on leads. We would normally drive about 10 miles to our regular dog walk, where we can all exercise in a safer environment; our dog can be off lead and we can walk further for longer and nowhere near busy roads. It would be wonderful if we were able to return to our regular walk without worrying we are in the wrong or feeling guilty.
  • Posted by CJLorimer May 08, 2020 at 09:01

    Many people living in flats and build up areas really need more space to exercise and breath fresh air and relax in peace and quiet. This is important to our wellbeing
  • Posted by DebbieD May 08, 2020 at 09:13

    Rural communities need protected from an influx of visitors, rural communities have worked very hard to protect and keep their residents safe. Allowing travel to rural areas puts these communities at risk.
  • Posted by dblair May 08, 2020 at 09:16

    I work in a rural area and there’s a lot of people walking on 60mph winding back roads with no footway. It would be far safer if they drove to a beach or forest.
  • Posted by swanston May 08, 2020 at 09:38

    The law does not exclude this at present. English police guidelines formally guide on this.
  • Posted by eaparsons May 08, 2020 at 09:55

    Many people don't have cars though, so they should be allowed on public transport if precautions in place for the same reason. Doesn't seem fair that just car owners get to go where they want for walks, when people without cars are doing more to reduce air pollution helping all of our health presently and into the future.
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