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Investigating the State of Walkability in Metro Vancouver : Implications for Policymakers Hamre, Stuart

Abstract

Scientific evidence increasingly suggests that in addition to reducing environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, the health impacts of utilizing active and sustainable transportation methods such as walking, biking, and transit are substantial. In environments where people are given the opportunity to utilize active and sustainable modes of transportation, populations tend to have better physical health. Obesogenic environments characterized by an auto-centric design where people do not have these same active lifestyle opportunities are generally correlated with poorer physical health. For this reason, it is widely understood that by providing citizens with access to active and sustainable transportation options, municipalities can expect healthier and more active populations.

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