Study Finds That People Who Walk, Bicycle or Use Public Transit Are Healthiest

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests a close relationship between green transportation use and good health.


| July 10, 2013



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A new report spearheaded by the University of British Columbia's Lawrence Frank explores the relationship between transportation and health care.


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A new report from the University of British Columbia shows that transportation and health are closely linked and recommends that health outcome be considered in transportation planning.

The report, funded by TransLink and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as part of updates to Transport 2040, the regional transportation strategy, presents a range of opportunities for Translink to incorporate health into its planning.

“This report documents how prioritizing transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure will positively impact health,” says the study’s lead author Lawrence Frank, Professor and Director of the Health and Community Design Lab, part of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. “It looks at encouraging active transportation, such as walking, cycling and transit, and reducing air pollution and traffic collision risk.”





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