How we travel within our communities can greatly affect our physical, mental, and social health and well-being. Second only to socioeconomic factors, developing the built environment, by creating opportunities for making healthy travel options the default choice, has the most potential to impact health outcomes in our community (Frieden, 2010). When residents have access to connected and safe places to walk and bicycle, it is easier to expand social connections, address mental health, and engage in more physical activity. In turn, increased physical activity – including even small shifts from sedentary behavior to lower levels of activity – can help reduce the risk of various diseases and health conditions (Kyu, 2016).
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