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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has added her backing to the national campaign Not Far? Leave the car which is encouraging people across Scotland to consider walking or cycling instead of taking short car journeys.

The campaign aims to highlight how making active travel choices for short journeys, rather than using the car, can make the environment cleaner and greener and improve people’s health.

Alongside a national advert campaign and road show, a new app has been launched to help people track the benefits of leaving the car. The app plots and records journeys to calculate the calories burned and the emissions saved.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"We’re all in the habit of jumping in the car for short trips that we could easily walk or cycle. Mile for mile it’s the shorter car journeys made in Scotland that create the most emissions and pollute our air.

"The aims of the campaign are easy to achieve and something we can all make an effort to do. We all have car journeys which we could do by foot or pedal power, and the added exercise would give us all a health boost.

"Anyone taking part will be amazed at what a difference a bit of fresh air and regular exercise can do, and with Walk to School Week approaching it’s important adults set a good example for children."

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