Health Bit: More Biking and Walking Means Healthier Cities

Active commuting is good for the health of a city’s residents, a new study finds.

stock-footage-commuters-walking-to-work-in-the-city-of-london-during-the-summerThe Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking report compiled active commuting rates – like biking and walking – in the 50 largest American cities, using U.S. Census data. Then the Alliance compared that data with health information from the CDC. While there are likely other factors at play as well, active transportation seems to correlate with declining rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

“People are healthier in states where more people bike and walk,” said Alliance spokesperson Mary Lauran Hall. “These states’ governments are facing a great opportunity to encourage more folks to bike and walk in the interest of boosting public health.”

The report also finds that “cities and states that have higher biking and walking rates also have lower fatality rates for bikers and walkers than cities where fewer people bike and walk,” USA Today reports.

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