Decisions about transportation and community development at the community, state and national level should all take health impacts into account.
If there’s ever an infographic you should take a gander at, it may be this one from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NewPublicHealth National Prevention Strategy series.
I’m probably preaching to the choir but hey, sometimes, just preach on right?
The obesity rate in the U.S. is abysmal, but there’s a way to reverse it. The infographic shows that countries with higher rates of commuters who walk or bike to work have lower rates of obesity. In car-centric America, it’s really no surprise why we’re so friggin’ fat. Luckily though, there’s a movement a foot (or a rolling?) to invest in public transit, and walkable and bikeable communities in many major U.S. cities.
I use public transit a lot, but I noticed a significant difference in my health when I started commuting by bike. The investment to prioritize my bike as my main means of transportation definitely outweighs my meager intern wage. It also puts you into a different frame of mind when you see your bike as your main, and public transit as your secondary, and the car as your “super-duper far away journey travel” machine.
Check out the full graphic.