Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The role of transportation in promoting physical activity

Active Living Research -- Neighborhoods designed for active travel can increase routine physical activity for residents of all ages. This infographic highlights evidence that sidewalks, connected bike facilities, public transportation and traffic calming are strategies that can make it easier for people to reach their destination without the use of a private vehicle.

In 2010, the Campaign for Active Transportation was launched, but like 99% of other bills introduced in Congress, it had virtually no chance of passing.

Wilmapco wrote the following in their case statement: Imagine a future where fitness and transportation are intertwined in our daily lives and bicycling and walking are safe, convenient, and desirable transportation choices for short trips. Mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods are the preferred places to live, as people seek lower energy costs, shorter commutes and more quality time in their own communities; residents take pride in knowing their neighbors and socializing on daily walks. Traffic congestion is eased, as more people find transit, pedestrian and cycling trips cost-effective and enjoyable; air quality is bolstered with fewer cars on the road. Children gain a sense of independence from having safe routes to schools, libraries and parks; seniors too remain active, healthy and independent by walking and bicycling regularly. In this future, our economy benefits too from fewer costly roadway improvements and a flourishing industry of active recreation and heritage tourism.

Related: No hope Congress passed fewer than 1% of bills introduced in 2013

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