European Mobility Week 2019 celebrated with Walk With Us events
The European Commission, as part of European Mobility Week 2019, marked the importance of safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, and our environment with a series of “#walkwithus” events in Famagusta on Monday, 16 September 2019, Lapithos/Lapta on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 and Nicosia on Thursday, 19 September 2019 in collaboration with the Cyprus Turkish Medical Association (KTTB) and the Cyprus Turkish Diabetes Association (KTDD). All events started with free blood sugar level measurements at the starting point by the Cyprus Turkish Diabetes Association. All walks were guided by a doctor from the Cyprus Turkish Medical Association.
The aim of the #walkwithus events was to promote walking and cycling over private vehicles which can contribute to less congestion and a higher quality of life. This year’s European Mobility Week put the spotlight on active transport modes such as walking and cycling, which are emission-free and help to keep our hearts and bodies healthy. Our bodies are designed to move, yet many of us struggle to find the time to get active during the day. We may find that much of our routine is made up of sitting: in traffic, at a desk, or in front of a screen. But studies show that cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15 percent fewer days off work through illness, while 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life!