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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.

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