Walk, don’t drive!

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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

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