Investing more in cycling and walking would boost both physical and economic health, with a typical return of $5 for every $1 spent on cycling infrastructure.
Workers with long commutes are more likely to become sick. They also receive less net income (after deducting travel costs) and less leisure time.
Other people influence how we vote, what jobs we apply for, which gadgets we buy – so of course they influence how we get around the city.
A comparison of Australian cities reveals cyclists and walkers are still very much a minority of commuters, despite the economic, health and environmental costs. Action on three fronts is needed.
Pedal to the office and your risk of an early death drop by over 40%.