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Feb 26, 2014

Improving America's Health through Active Transportation

Partners unite to promote active transportation across the country with new platform called “Safe Routes to Everywhere.”

Few Americans get enough exercise. That’s why organizations from across the country have joined forces to support investment in active transportation like walking and biking to improve America’s health.

The Partnership for Active Transportation was recently launched by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that transforms old railroad lines into outdoor trails where people can exercise. By collaborating with groups like the American Public Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Partnership hopes to put pressure on policymakers to support widespread efforts to increase active transportation. Why?

Many Americans commute less than a few miles to work each day, the majority of which drive instead of use alternative forms of transportation. If forms of active transportation like walking and biking were safer and more readily available, more Americans would likely take advantage of these commuting options. And the potential benefits of active transportation are enormous.

Through their new platform called “Safe Routes to Everywhere,” the Partnership argues that active transportation will ultimately improve America’s health, environment and economy. They also argue that expanding transportation options will help individuals become more mobile and self-reliant, especially those without access to a car. By taking these arguments to Capitol Hill, stakeholders hope to influence policy, ultimately creating safe and easy access to active transportation for anyone trying to get to their job, school or public transit.

For more information or to join the Partnership for Active Transportation, visit their website.

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