Guest post by EarthShare member Institute for Transportation and Development
Policy (ITDP). ITDP works around the world to design and implement high
quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable,
equitable, and sustainable.
When we think of great cities for sustainable transport, we think of picturesque
cities in Northern Europe, such as Copenhagen, or wealthy, dense enclaves
such as Hong Kong or Singapore. But they aren’t the only cities doing things
right. There have been exciting transformations all over the world, particularly in
the global south. Here are five cities that have improved quality of life for millions
by investing in sustainable, equitable transport. Continue reading →
Take the survey to help build healthier transit systems A transportation system that supports us to be active and gives us options beyond driving is a pressing need for our growing region. We usually think of a transportation system as just a way to ‘get around’ but it does much more, with many direct and indirect effects on our health. Our transportation system has countless direct effects on our health. The type of transportation we use affects how much exercise we get. We know from studies in other North American and international cities that people who spend more time in a car each day are more likely to be obese, while daily walking reduces the risk of obesity. Predominantly car-based transportation makes us more likely to get in a traffic crash or be exposed to air pollution. If twice as many people walk or bike in a community we reduce the risk of being struck by a vehicle by two thirds.
Boston Doctors Now Prescribing Bike-Share Memberships The newest tool for doctors in the fight against obesity? That’s right: Bike-share. Doctors in Boston are now prescribing Hubway memberships. This week in Boston, doctors introduced a program called Prescribe-a-Bike, offering low-income residents struggling with obesity an annual Hubway bike sharing membership for the low price of $5. The program is being administered by Boston Medical Center in partnership with the city of Boston. Qualifying patients will have access to Hubway’s 1,100 bikes at 130 locations. Participants will also receive a free helmet.