Sustainable Transportation Boosts Health, Reduces Collisions [Infographics]
TheCityFix is out with a couple of infographics that point to the benefits of sustainable transportation.
Transportation contributes 5-10% of GDP in most countries, but road congestion claws that back by two to five percentage points, according to an infographic from the Asian Development Bank. Better access to roads and sanitation reduces income inequality—but the transportation sector accounts for 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Air pollution cause an estimated 531,000 premature deaths per year in developing countries, and traffic collisions kill 2,000 people per day in Asia.
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The Bank points to the opportunity to avoid unnecessary travel, use inclusive, sustainable transport solutions like biking, transit, and inland waterways for freight, and boost the efficiency and safety of all transportation modes.
A second infographic by NewPublicHealth.org equates better transportation options with healthier lives. It notes that “walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented communities” have more physical activity, lower body weight, lower traffic injury rates, less air pollution, and better mobility for non-drivers.