Quick… Name something that irritates you every day. The first thing that comes to your mind is probably commute, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be on this website. Because we don’t want to be negative about public transportation all the time and we all want to create a healthy lifestyle… We found an article that gives us 6 (Yes, they found 6!!!) health benefits of public transportation.
We are more active. Public transportation users would get over three times the amount of physical activity a day of those who don’t. Why would we want to be more active? It helps lower the risk of serious diseases (heart and vascular diseases, strokes, diabetes, hypertensive diseases, osteoporosis, joint and back problems, colon and breast cancers, depression,… But also bad moods, increased lateness and absenteeism) so we can use the public transportation for many more years to come.
It’s safer. Public transportation is responsible for a very small rate of passenger fatality compared to automobile travel.
It reduces stress… (Okay don’t really agree on this one because nothing makes my blood preassure rise more in the morning than another delayed train or an annoying commuter but here’s the theory provided by the article): It would improve acces to education and eployment, which leads to better long-term economic opportunities and would benefit community cohesion by promoting positive interactions between neighbours. Nope… Still not buying it.
It’s better for the environment. True, it keeps the air cleaner, since we’re all riding the same vehicle instead of 236 persons individually polluting the air with their car.
It saves money. Even though train/bus tickets don’t come cheap, neither do car payments, gas prices, parking,… Driving is estimated 12 times more expensive.
It provides access to essential needs later in life, as it allows older people to gain access to important services and activities such as banking, shopping, healthcare appointsments,…
Let’s try to keep these in mind next time another passenger drives us insane. 😉
Source: Transloc, http://transloc.com/6-health-benefits-of-public-transportation