Walking benefits health, economy, and communities.
Of adults don’t get recommended levels of daily activity
Of children and youth don’t get recommended levels of daily activity
Of adults are overweight or obese
Of children are overweight or obese
Economic impact of inactivity-related health problems
of coronary heart disease deaths
of stroke deaths
of type 2 diabetes deaths
of hypertension deaths
Walking is the wonder drug
The risk of obesity goes down by 5% for every kilometre walked daily.
Daily walking also reduces the risk of dementia and cancer.
More people get required activity in walkable neighbourhoods.
Walkable neighbourhoods reduce pedestrian injuries and save lives. Drivers learn to share the road with walkers. Streets filled with people have less crime and vandalism.
Walking replaces short polluting car trips, improves local air quality, reduces congestion, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Because every transit trip begins and ends with a walk, walkability improves transit success.
Property values are higher in walkable neighbourhoods. Stores sell more thanks to increased foot traffic. Employers like walkable locations in order to attract young, creative employees. Tourists love walkability. Everybody does.
As the population ages, walkable communities help people remain at home, get access to essential services, and stay connected. Walkability provides similar benefits to others who do not drive, including children, people with disabilities, and those who can’t afford the high cost of owning and operating a vehicle. Walkable neighbourhoods are for everybody.
Walking improves mood and concentration, boosts mental agility, and fights depression. Walkability promotes “sustainable happiness.”
Walkability promotes routine contact with others in your neighbourhood, encouraging a sense of belonging, pride, and community participation. The street is the original social network – a community of place.
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