Swap screen time for scenery time
Redrow is committed to incorporating green spaces within our developments. This makes them more attractive to wildlife as well as people. We also think carefully about your journeys, so we introduce cycle routes wherever possible. While these measures may seem small, they mean you can have a big effect on our global, as well as your local, community.
As summer approaches and we spend more time outdoors, it’s understandable that we pay a little more attention to our natural environment. The more we learn about the challenges we face, the more our attitudes tend to shift, on an individual and collective basis.
Our changing attitudes inevitably lead us to change our habits. We shop differently, we work fewer or more flexible hours, we adjust our diets as well as the way we use technology. Remember, electric cars were a very rare sight just five years ago!
Redrow also pays more attention to our natural environment than ever before. More and more of the new homes we build are either close to schools, shops and other daily essentials, or we incorporate them within our developments. We’re also trying to improve your journeys with well-lit roads, cycle paths and green spaces for you and your family to enjoy. Such measures have undoubtedly contributed to the 29 per cent increase in miles cycled (3.27 billion) in the UK in 2017 compared to the number for 1997, according to the Department for Transport.
Of course, there are many benefits to having schools and shops within easy reach. Let’s face it, we’re far more likely to walk or cycle to places nearby. This simple consideration has positive outcomesfor you, your community and your planet.
Reduce journey times… as well as emissions
It may seem slightly odd even to think that pedal power can be quicker than horse power. But the truth is, when it comes to getting to places nearby, you’ll often arrive sooner on a cycle than in a car. Partly, this is because you could be half way to your destination under your own steam before you could have reversed your car safely off your driveway. Being able to take shortcuts while emitting zero emissions also shortens your journey time. And really, there is something deeply satisfying about pedalling past simmering drivers stuck in traffic!
The benefits of cycling for you personally are almost endless. You’ll get fitter, stronger, you could lose weight and perform better at other sports. You’ll probably sleep better. You could even look younger (increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively). And if these benefits aren’t persuasive enough, it’s worth remembering that you could even live longer by using a humble bike more often.
Feel good factors
And we haven’t even mentioned the positive knock-on effects that often result from cycling. For example, you are far more likely to get involved in charity sports events if exercise is part of your routine. Even on the Sundays you’re not taking part in organised events, you could spend some quality time with other family members who will also gain the same benefits. You’re bound to get a kick out of seeing your kids swapping screen time for scenery time!
Before you know it, you could easily find yourself joining your local cycle club or inviting your neighbours out for a scenic ride around your area.
This is the kind of small change that could make a big difference to your lifestyle.
At Redrow, we promise to continue to make small changes to the places you live in so you can change the way you live.
To find out about our 'A better way to live' campaign, visit our website redrow.co.uk/a-better-way-to-live