My personal case for safe and joyful transportation My personal case for safe and joyful transportation
My personal case for safe and joyful transportation
My personal case for safe and joyful transportation
Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs
Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs
Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs
Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads
Too many lives cut short on our nation's roads
Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads
Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community
Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community
Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health
Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health
Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health

What can better transportation options mean for your health?

Active transportation, such as walking and biking, combines moving more with getting you where you need to go. Simple choices that prioritize active options over driving can have large health implications at a personal and local level.

These switches can result in higher life‐expectancy, reduced stress‐related illness, and reduced a likelihood of illness or death from obesity, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. More broadly, an accompanying decrease in driving reduces emissions of carcinogens and particulates that cause asthma, improving a region’s air and water quality.

Education and awareness campaigns designed to enhance public safety can reduce accidents and fatalities associated with all modes of travel.

Popular Health Stories

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Bursting the Car Bubble: Urban Mobility for Mental, Social and Physical Health

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Transit is key to solving our national obesity crisis

Lack of transportation has a significant impact on diet. Adults with no supermarket within a mile of their homes are 25 to 46 percent less likely to have healthy diets.

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Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture

Of all the many things we surrender when we commit to making our trips by car, the most important may be the most difficult to measure: our mental health.

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My personal case for safe and joyful transportation

My personal case for safe and joyful transportation


January 17, 2017    Angela Urban

Introducing our data storytelling intern, Angela Urban Hi! I’m the data storyteller intern at Mobility Lab and a civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the next few months, I’ll be reporting back with stories about ongoing research in Arlington and beyond. I’m interested in transportation, since I commute by bike, bike for… Read more »

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs


August 31, 2016    Adam Russell

When Sonos wanted to move its Santa Barbara headquarters into a new downtown location, the wireless speaker company became very aware of the potential traffic impacts. After all, the company’s previous location had been two small buildings outside of the city core. And the city of Santa Barbara had its own site requirements for the new office, part… Read more »

Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads

Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads


June 1, 2016    Jana Lynott

This post originally appeared on the AARP blog. In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop. Since the time of Zachary’s death, another 32,000-plus pedestrians have… Read more »

Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community

Mobility of another kind: Lessons from a retirement community


March 7, 2016    Jessica Robinson

Mobility of another kind has been top of mind for me over the past few weeks. My sister and I recently spent a weekend in Arizona helping move my dad out of his house into an assisted living community – he has Parkinson’s Disease and can no longer live alone. As she and I carried… Read more »

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture


February 24, 2016    Paul Mackie

Maria Hernandez, from Montgomery County, Maryland, was always afraid she wouldn’t know how to use public transportation. But since deciding to learn, she rejoices in being “able to relax, read a book, and enjoy the scenery – which you really can’t do when you’re driving.” No doubt Hernandez is onto something that has been very… Read more »

Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health

Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health


February 18, 2016    Matthew Williams

This post originally appeared at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health blog. Does the way we move around our cities make us, and the planet, healthier or indeed happier? In order to answer this question, we need to take a step back to understand why we move around our cities as we do… Read more »

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit


September 17, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the… Read more »

Collision Puts Messy Road Rules and Design in Spotlight

Collision Puts Messy Road Rules and Design in Spotlight


August 13, 2015    Brendan Casey

Road safety is something that should matter to everyone. Some cities are starting to address the issue by Vision Zero or through other measures. But in many cases, such as in relation to the increase in cycling for transport, these issues aren’t being addressed. The unimaginable happens daily and it’s not just how we react in the moment,… Read more »

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips


July 20, 2015    Jeremy Holmes

Each year in May, RIDE Solutions in Southwest Virginia hosts a Clean Commute Challenge as part of its National Bike Month activities. In the past, participants only logged commute trips, but for the 2015 contest, we opened trip types up to a variety of non-commute options, including dining, shopping, business meetings, religious services, and volunteer… Read more »

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look


July 17, 2015    Tarik Endale

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr…. Read more »

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health


July 9, 2015    Chris Hamilton

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge… Read more »

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists


June 19, 2015    Paul Goddin

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline… Read more »