WEST Berkshire residents have come out on top in cycling and walking figures in the whole of the county, according to recent findings, writes Jim Tatum.

Impressively, over 85 per cent of residents in West Berkshire cycle or walk at least once a month, higher than any other Berkshire local authority, according to statistics published this week by the Department for Transport.

The findings also reveal that almost 40 per cent of residents cycle or walk at least five times per week, which is also among the highest in the county.

Speaking about the findings, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, Jeanette Clifford said: “These figures from the Department for Transport couldn’t be more welcome.

“As a council we are investing in our paths and cycle ways. For example, we’re spending over £1.1m provided by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership in an improved cycle and pedestrian route between Newbury and Calcot.

“These statistics prove this is something our resident’s value and we’re looking forward to even more people exploring beautiful West Berkshire on foot or bike.”

West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Rick Jones said: “It’s fantastic to see that physical activity is a priority for residents of West Berkshire.

“The benefits of keeping on the move extend far beyond keeping the body healthy. It’s vital for good mental health, too, so these figures are really good news.

“Anyone looking for route ideas for a leisurely stroll or cycle will find some really useful maps on the council’s website at www.westberks.gov.uk/walkingandcycling.”