Benefits OF European Mobility Week Campaign
- 25 minutes of walking per day adds up to seven years to your life. It’s researched in Norway, followed a group of elderly men in their 70s and 80s and found that just 30 minutes of daily exercise such as cycling allowed those men to live up to five years longer compared to men who didn’t do any physical activity.
- Cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work through illness.
- The World Health Organization is agree that we should walk at least 6,000 steps a day to improve our health, and 10,000 to lose weight.
- Moreover, according to WHO, walking and cycling can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death.
- The health consequences of transport affect particularly vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly. Local health services, health insurance companies, medical associations and sport organisations are suitable partners for organising mobility and health activities.
- When a person switch five journeys of under 2 km a week from car driving to walking; reduces their carbon footprint by 86 kg a year (Potter 2004; referenced by European Cyclists Federation).
- A bicycle commuter who rides 8 km to work, four days a week, avoids 3220 km of driving a year, the equivalent of 380 litres of petrol and 750 kg of CO2 emissions.
- According to a conducted researched of European Commission, 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport.
- A study shows that the health benefits of cycling and walking are outweighed only after 7 hours of cycling or 16 hours of walking in an average urban environment.
- Higher numbers of pedestrians and cyclists make walking and cycling safer. The risk of incident while walking in a community with twice as much walking is reduced by 66%.
- In suburban areas or less densely-populated areas, a combination of walking and train travel can be less time consuming and safer.
- According to Turkish National Police Academy’s Traffic Accident Analysis of 2009-2018; the causes of accidents are %89,39 of the drivers, %0,48 of the vehicles and %8,91 pedestrians in Turkey.
- Less motorized transport in urban areas and more active modes can improve social connections and boost interaction between neighbors.
- As it can been imagined, 20 people can walk in the space taken up by one car.
- Making streets more pedestrian and cyclist friendly leads to tangible economic benefit for local shops and restaurants.
- A smart combination of other modes than having a private car is often cheaper: walking is free, the prices of a bicycle or a monthly subscription to public transport are low and they can be all-inclusive and shared mobility offers are competitive.
- Besides the economic benefit for local businesses, active mobility also results in considerable savings for individuals
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