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Choose bus to relax — #lovemybus

 

#lovemybus – choosing to travel by bus increases opportunities to relax

Transform Scotland is working with Stagecoach West Scotland to deliver an aspirational campaign to improve knowledge and promote the benefits of bus travel to health and wellbeing.

Transform Scotland has been working with Professor Adrian Davis from Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute. Professor Davis has identified six key themes associated with bus travel – health, saving money and time, me-time, relaxation, clean air and planet.

Choose the bus to relax

The car is often held up as the most attractive mode of transport, with convenience, speed, comfort and individual freedom presented as arguments in its favour. However, taking the bus helps reduce the stress and strain from travel and this opportunity to relax promotes mental health and wellbeing.

Research has linked mindfulness to commuters under less stress than car drivers and can be associated with improvements to mental health, social engagement, and behavioural regulation.[1] However, these perceived advantages must be connected with comfort-related attributes such as having a seat on the bus and a pleasant temperature.

Professor Davis notes that,

‘Physical activity boosts mental health and wellbeing and contributes to reducing the risks of ill-health and premature death from preventable diseases. Most bus users undertake at least some physical activity in accessing the services. There is strong evidence that this makes a significant contribution towards achieving the 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity recommended each week by the Chief Medical Officers’.[2]

#lovemybus champion Christine

You can find Professor Davis full briefing here.

#lovemybus Champion Christine would agree with this and chooses the bus to commute, ‘because it is happy and stress-free’. She goes on to say that, ‘the relax theme is really why I like using the bus. I actually use my meditation app. on the way home, which is not something I could do if I was driving’.

Social Media

The #lovemybus team and champions have been active on Twitter & Instagram, and would welcome your interaction with the campaign on these channels. For updates on the campaign follow @lovemybus on twitter and @lovemybus on Instagram or email <matt.mcdonald@transformscotland.org.uk> for further details.

For more on the #lovemybus campaign visit the Stagecoach West Scotland website.

[1] Lajeunesse, S., Rodriquez, D. 2012. Mindfulness, time affluence, and journey-based affect: Exploring relationships, Transportation Research Part F, 15(2) 196-205.

[2] Patterson, R. et al. 2018. Physical activity accrued as part of public transport use in England, Journal of Public Health, 1-9.doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdy099