With the beginning of an active re-thinking over a needed change in city life, experts point to getting out of the car as the greenest thing possible. There is a new scale set for measuring how greener a city is to live, by coining up the terms of ‘bikeability’ and ‘walkability’ of a city.
As a standard, a supremely functioning city should have all three characteristics of ‘safe walking’, ‘safe biking’ and ‘densely networked transit systems’. Every day events like commuting to work or going grocery shopping or visiting friends most likely require the starting of an engine. But if one lives in a bustling, service-oriented city, the reliance on that engine decreases significantly.
‘Active transport’ like walking and cycling, apart from the health benefits, are starting to walk.
Worldwide, more people are choosing to walk, especially on weekends. It’s now rated as the most popular physical activity by people aged 15 years and above. An estimate for the city of Sydney shows that if the number of adults who walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, increases by 10 per cent, it would lead to: • Annual savings of $ 76 million in direct measurable healthcare costs, and even more in indirect costs. • 1,038 fewer deaths from heart disease each year.