Better Access to Transit Equals Better Health
Complete communities with good access to transit are integral to the well-being of our environment—and our selves. A new infographic by the Robert Johnson Foundation shows just how big an impact public transit, cycling, and walking has on our physical health.
Part of the foundation’s NewPublicHealth National Prevention Strategy series, the infographic offers up a wealth of information about the health benefits of better transportation options, including:
- Public transit gets people moving. People walk an average of 19 minutes just getting to and from stops. Public transit users clock in an average of 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- The risk of obesity increases 6% with every additional mile spent in the car, and decreases 5% with every kilometer walked.
- Countries with lower rates of obesity tend to have higher rates of commuters who walk or bike to work.
Visit NewPublicHealth to see the full infographic.