Walk, don’t drive!
found to be supporting local businesses. This is due to the fact that walking and cycling activities let the commuters discover the local neighbourhood more closely. Instead of being locked in an air conditioned car, they can easily reach out to the local shops and sights and more likely socialize with the surrounding community.
Interestingly, as the cities are growing increasingly packed with people, resources and opportunities, experts say that the easiest way to go urban is by adopting alternative transportation– walking, cycling or public transport
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA), a gallon of gas equals about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. This means that carbon emissions from driving are one of the biggest contributors to climate change. People are busy in recycling activities, switching to energyefficient light bulbs and filling a reusable bag at the supermarket, though, positive measures, do not have as significant an impact as that of getting out of the car and • Savings of $ 31 million in cardiovascular disease costs. • A reduction in the incidence of diabetes. • Prevention of 15 per cent of bowel cancer cases.
But this is not possible without the availability of numerous local services and a vast selection of good quality parks and playgrounds in the city to encourage people to walk and bike. As a matter of fact, where city dwellers are trading their backyards for park space, there is a need of innovative public spaces for greener living. Based on another set of calculations, a simple act of getting out of the car and driving one less mile each day, in each of the 51 largest US metropolitan areas, would save about 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year, which equals about $ 10 billion and a reduction in carbon emissions of 28 million tonnes nationally each year. The re- modelling of all the megacities of the world on this pattern may bring astonishing results to the green campaign