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Infographic: Public Transportation is Better for Your Health and the Environment!


When considering your daily commute, have you ever gone beyond the financial or environmental aspect of your choices? We already know that taking public transportation eliminates carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere and that it saves nearly $10,000 a year for the average American. The cost savings could be way more when you consider the health benefits of taking public transportation.

A recent study performed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has aggregated a number of significant statistics, such as:

  • The risk of obesity increases 6% for every hour you spend in a car.
  • Riders walk an average of 19 minutes every day to and from stops.
  • Over 30,000 people died in car accidents in 2010 and cost $99 billion.

Maybe it’s time to recharge that metro-card and take public transportation. Your wallet and your body will benefit!

RWJF Public Transportation Health Benefits - infographic

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  1. Presumably 30,000 people died in car accidents in the USA. It would be good say so. Could I suggest that as a general rule it would be helpful to edit articles for the world outside the USA? Incidentally, I believe that the global figure is closer to one million. Chris, Cape Town, South Africa.


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