Promoting Physical Activity and Reducing Climate Change: Opportunities to Replace Short Car Trips with Active Transportation

Nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 were transportation-related; each gallon of gasoline used in transportation emits 20 lbs of CO2 into our atmosphere.

  • About half of all car trips in the UK, the Netherlands, and the US, are less than 5 miles.
  • This commentary focuses on communication enhancements, marketing enhancements, and policy enhancements that communities can make with relative ease to promote active transport.
  • There is strong evidence that communication, social marketing, and policy all have considerable potential to yield significant health, quality of life, economic and environmental benefits to communities willing to implement them.

Maibach, Edward, Steg, Linda, and Anable, Jillian. “Promoting physical activity and reducing climate change: Opportunities to replace short car trips with active transportation.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 49 (2009): 326-327.

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