Using active transportation, such as walking or bicycling, to get to work puts you on the path to a healthier lifestyle and helps to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Here are several reasons why you might consider trying active transportation:
- It’s healthy – Physical activity leads to improved fitness, weight control and a reduced risk of chronic disease.
- It’s social – As you walk or bicycle, share time with friends or family who travel the same route to work or school.
- It’s environmentally friendly – Drive less and help keep our air clean by reducing vehicle emissions.
- It’s money in your pocket – Save on gas and parking costs when you leave your vehicle at home.
Incorporating healthy habits into your daily commute is easier than you may think. Sun Rideshare, a regional commuter assistance program, offers services to get you started. Sign up or contact Mary Carter, (520) 495-1424, for details.
Walking does not require any special equipment, and it doesn’t cost a dime, except for a good pair of walking shoes. For commutes less than 1 mile, this is a great active transportation option to try. Walking contributes to:
- Improved health, such as better weight management.
- Reduced stress.
- Reduced risk of chronic disease.
For commutes less than 5 miles, this is another option for improved physical fitness and health. Commuters who ride their bicycles to work can lose an average of 13 pounds the first year. Hop on a bicycle, a tricycle or even a unicycle and take advantage of the greater Tucson area’s beautiful weather and exceptional bicycle amenities.
- Bike lanes, bike paths and signalized bike crossings make cycling accessible to all levels of users across the greater Tucson area.
- The Loop, a regional bicycle route, has 120 miles of paved pathways and bike lanes in Pima County.