Active Living Research<http://activelivingresearch.org/>
would like to share with
you a brand new ALR product titled Moving Toward Active Transportation: How Policies Can
Encourage Walking and Bicycling<http://activelivingresearch.org/ActiveTravelreview>
The research review summarizes current research on the health benefits and safety of
active travel, and examines policies and programs that can help to increase walking and
The research review shows that:
* The health benefits of physical activity in general have been well-documented by
hundreds of studies. More recently, a growing number of studies have confirmed that these
benefits are linked to walking and cycling specifically.
* The health benefits of active transportation exceed its risks of injury and exposure
to air pollution.
* Safety is a key consideration for promoting active travel. Importantly, places with
higher levels of walking and cycling also have greater safety for pedestrians.
* Provision of convenient, safe, and connected walking and cycling infrastructure is
at the core of promoting active travel.
* Aside from specific infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, the way
neighborhoods and communities are built affects levels of active travel.
* Walking or biking for daily travel needs can be promoted as a convenient and
competitive option through programs that shift travel behavior.
* Policies that improve public transport, or make car use less attractive, increase
the competitiveness of active travel modes.
* Policies to promote active travel will work best when implemented in comprehensive
packages; these may include infrastructure and facility improvements, pricing policies,
and education programs to achieve substantial shifts towards active modes.
You can download the review here: http://activelivingresearch.org/ActiveTravelreview
We hope that you will find the review useful in your work and request that you please
share with your networks and/or constituents. We will soon release a new infographic based
on findings from this research review.
Please forgive cross-postings and let us know if you have any questions.
Active Living Research
Active Living Research
University of California, San Diego
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San Diego, CA 92103
Promoting activity-friendly communities.