“Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives”

Some people may not make the connection but there is a strong one between transportation and health. When a community has better transportation options, it’s a healthier community.

How so?

Take a look at this graphic produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Some highlights:

1. Public transit users walk an average of 19 minutes getting to and from public transportation.
2. Countries with lower rates of obesity tend to have higher rates of commuters who walk or bike to work.
3. The risk of obesity increases 6 percent with every additional mile spent in the car, and decreases 5 percent with every kilometer walked.
4. Lengthy commutes cost $100 billion each year in excess fuel costs and lost productivity.
5. More than 30,000 people died in car wrecks in 2010.
6. Strong seatbelt and child safety laws resulted in a 25 percent decrease in car accident deaths since 2005.”

Walking, bicycling, public transit. It’s all part of what makes a healthy community.



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