Promoting physical activity and reducing climate change: Opportunities to replace short car trips with active transportation

Edward Maibach, Linda Steg, Jillian Anable

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Abstract

Automobile use is a significant contributor to climate change, local air pollution, pedestrian injuries and deaths, declines in physical activity and obesity. A significant proportion of car use is for short trips that can relatively easily be taken with active transportation options – walking or cycling – or with public transportation. In this commentary, we review a number of immediate, practical opportunities to implement policies and programs that reduce short car trips and increase active transportation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-327
Number of pages2
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume49
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jul 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • active transportation
  • physical activity
  • public transit
  • walking
  • cycling
  • climate change
  • obesity
  • pedestrian safety

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