A quarter of people in Harrow are not going out for a walk or a cycle at least once a month.

This was among the highest in London, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Government at the end of last month.

However, almost half of the borough’s residents travel on foot or by bike at least three times a week, while around one in three people do at least five times a week.

In neighbouring Brent, more than a fifth of people do not go out walking or cycling once a month.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, responsible for the environment at Brent Council, acknowledged that the council can always do more to encourage active living and promote sustainable transport.

But she said she was pleased to see that most people in the borough were getting out for a walk or on their bike at least once a week.

She said: “Of course, we would like to see these numbers increase even more, so we’re busy delivering a number of projects that will help.

“Brent was among the first boroughs in London to introduce Lime bikes and, in the last year, we’ve provided cycle training to 4,221 children and 553 adults.

“Meanwhile, we’re making Brent safer for cyclists and pedestrians with 6km of cycle routes delivered since January 2017.

“This includes Quietway 3, a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly route connecting Gladstone Park to Kilburn, and the public realm improvements in Kingsbury and Alperton.”

Most local authorities across the country are keen to promote cycling and walking as a measure to improve their residents’ health and clean up their area’s air.