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Economics & benefits

Quantifying the health and economic benefits of active commuting in scotland

Overview

Organisation:
Journal of Transport and Health

Media type:
Academic Research

Topic:
Economics & benefits

Setting:
Employees / workplace, Individuals, Town centres / Urban

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Despite the substantial evidence base for the health and economic benefits of walking and cycling, there remains a lack of published findings on the levels and benefits of active commuting at a national level.
This study aimed to quantify the proportion of active commuters who met a daily equivalent of weekly physical activity recommendations through their commuting journeys, and the economic value of health benefits associated with active commuting in Scotland.

Key statistics

50%
of active commuters met 30 min/day of activity through their commute in 2011
0.75 billion Euros
is the annual health economic benefit of active commuting in Scotland
50% of active commuters met 30 min/day of activity through their commute in 2011.
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