The American Journal of Preventative Medicine recently published a study which examined the prevalence and effects of active transportation on a population, active transportation is defined as walking or biking as a form of transportation as opposed to leisure time activity.
The study reported that less than 25% of people use walking and/or biking as a form of transportation. They also found that there are significant associations between using active transportation and a lower BMI, smaller waistline, and lower odds of developing high blood pressure and diabetes.
The researchers concluded by suggesting increased support of transportation policy and infrastructure development which support active transportation are also important as public health policies.
You can read the full study here: Active Transportation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in U.S. Adults
Heart Network programs provide technical assistance and support to build the capacity of communities across the region to implement Complete Streets policies, planning and projects that enhance opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to walk and bike for physical activity, recreation and transportation purposes.