NYC Health Dept: Active Transportation could save 6,300 deaths a year in NYC

Active transportation is any self-propelled mode of transportation (such as walking, jogging, bicycling, or in-line skating) to get from one place to another. Most New Yorkers who use public transportation also use active transportation when they walk to and from the subway or bus stop.

Active transportation is by definition also physical activity. Regular physical activity helps prevent early death, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, colon cancer, breast cancer, depression, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis.

  • brisk walking or biking for two and a half hours a week (a half hour every weekday) lowers risk of premature death by more than 20%.1 and  can reduce diabetes risk by 30%.2

Active transportation can reduce private car, taxi or other motor vehicle trips, which decreases pollution and improves air quality. Use of active transportation in conjunction with public transportation, instead of car trips, helps make New York City’s roads safer for everyone.

So Jump in you shoes and get moving !

Read the Health Department Bulletin Here

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