Monday, March 15, 2010

Hey New York, Thanks for Saving Me a Trip to the Gym

Source: Google Maps Street View

"Public Health and Bicycling and Walking
• While bicycling and walking levels fell 67% between 1960 and 2000, obesity levels increased by 241%.
• Between 1966 and 2001, the number of children who bicycled or walked to school fell 68%, while the percentage of obese children rose 367%.
• In general, states with the highest levels of bicycling and walking have the lowest levels of obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes and have the greatest percentage of adults who meet the recommended 30-plus minutes a day of physical activity."

- Source: Alliance for Biking and Walking in the United States 2010 Benchmark Report, Quick Facts Sheet

Did I ever mention that a dense area that mixes land uses makes it easier to walk, because it means the stuff you do is closer? Oh yeah, about a million times :) Cities are healthy in the sense that they're set up so that the main mode of transportation is the human body, not the automobile. Rejecting that common sense notion was actually a pretty radical thing to do.

Thanks New York, I don't need a gym while I'm here. In fact, if I see a gym today, I think I'll just laugh at how redundant it is in a city that is a gym.

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