Startling News from the World of Science: Walking and Cycling are Good for You

A new study published in the medical journal Lancet outlines the health benefits of human-powered transportation modes.

As part of the Lancet's six-part series on the "health dividend" of combating climate change, one paper reports the health benefits of walking and cycling, and argues for increased public policy support for these modes over motor vehicles.

"Pedestrians and cyclists should be made king of the urban jungle, according to an international study showing the big benefits of 'mass active travel.' It suggests money should be diverted way from roads to make walking and cycling 'the most direct, convenient, and pleasant options for most urban trips.' Pedestrians and bikers should also get 'priority' over cars and trucks at intersections."

Other health-related issues explored in the issues include replacing tens of millions of polluting indoor stoves in India with high-efficiency units, and "decarbonizing" electricity to reduce particulate air pollutants.

Full Story: Walking, biking good for you and the planet: Study

Comments

Comments

Great headline

Needed the snarkiness today

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 7 different cities.
$22.00
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95