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Charity Sustrans has welcomed the strong focus on walking and cycling contained within Minister Edwin Poot's 10-year plan to prevent and address obesity in Northern Ireland

The charity's Northern Ireland Director, Steven Patterson, said, "Obesity is costing Northern Irish taxpayers millions of pounds a year. All too often we react only after the event, if we really want to tackle obesity we need put in place measures that will prevent people from becoming obese.

"We're pleased to see that the Minister has included walking and cycling in his plan. Encouraging people to travel actively will allow people to get the exercise they need as part of their daily routine. Two-thirds of all journeys under five miles in Northern Ireland are being made by car, only thirty minutes on a bike, so there is a huge opportunity for change.

"One of the first things the Northern Ireland Executive could do is introduce a 20mph speed limit on all of our residential streets, making them safer for pedestrians and cyclists."

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 09 March 2012 14:02

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