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Promoting physical activity and reducing climate change: Opportunities to replace short car trips with active transportation

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Preventive Medicine, Volume 49, Number 4, p.326-327 (2009)



Automobile use is a significant contributor to climate change, local air pollution, pedestrian injuries and deaths, declines in physical activity and obesity. A significant proportion of car use is for short trips that can relatively easily be taken with active transportation options ñ walking or cycling ñ or with public transportation. In this commentary, we review a number of immediate, practical opportunities to implement policies and programs that reduce short car trips and increase active transportation.