NY Study Links Walking and Biking to Better Health

Survey data released by the New York City Department of Health indicate a strong correlation between active transportation and better health.
December 7, 2009, 6am PST | Tim Halbur
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"The NYC Department of Health announced the results of a citywide survey today assessing the health benefits of regular walking and biking. Based on telephone interviews with more than 10,000 New Yorkers, the health department reveals that people who incorporate walking and biking into their daily routine are significantly more likely to report good physical and mental health than those who don't.

Here are some of the major takeaways:

  • Eighty-three percent of adult New Yorkers who regularly walk or bike for transportation report excellent, very good or good health, compared to 70 percent of those who do not.
  • The correlation between better health and frequent walking and biking is significant, regardless of income level.
  • Only 10 percent of New Yorkers who regularly walk or bike report frequent mental distress, compared to 14 percent of those who do not regularly walk or bike."
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Published on Thursday, December 3, 2009 in Streetsblog
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