Of all car journeys, those relating to leisure and social trips comprise the highest proportion (45 per cent of all car mileage - see the Department of Environment and Department of Transport report Reducing Transport Emissions through Planning, HMSO 1993) and it is this sector which has shown the greatest increase over recent years (it comprised 56 per cent of growth in car travel 1979-86).
Since many of these trips will be made in pursuit of leisure and recreation opportunities located in the countryside, access to such 'countryside' opportunities in the urban area in the form of well designed multi-functional greenspaces would not only have the benefit of making towns and cities more attractive places to live and work, but could also make a significant contribution to reducing the problems of global pollution.
And they would help protect the real countryside by reducing the pressure of too many vehicles and human feet.
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