Ditch the car in South Yorkshire and walk to work instead

Vox Pop Bill Brealey
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Workers across South Yorkshire are ditching their cars as part of Walk To Work week.

Commuters are being encouraged to walk to and from work this week to encourage office workers to get some fresh air and exercise instead of being stuck behind a desk all day.

Workplaces promoting the initiative include South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Sheffield Homes, Barnsley College and Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, which has organised the week, said: “Walking to work is the easiest way to reintroduce some crucial healthy activity into your work-day. Getting active doesn’t have to be painful, it can be as simple as stepping outside for a lunchtime stroll.”

The Star took to the streets of Sheffield to see if city centre workers will be taking up the challenge.

Stef Wisniewski, aged 25, a promotions officer, from Crookes, Sheffield, said: “I am based in the city centre so I do walk most days. I think it’s a good idea to encourage more people to do it and take up walking generally.”

His colleague Dieter Rabald, 22, of Hillsborough, said: “I sometimes walk to work but I wish I could do it more often. I am a pretty active person anyway.”

Bill Brealey, 52, of Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, a chartered accountant based in the city centre, said: “It would be difficult for me to walk to work because I am nine miles away. I catch a bus then walk from West Street to Hanover Street. I think that of all the people who work in Sheffield, there are very few who actually live within walking distance to work, especially in the centre where rent is so high.”