Streets are an enormous public asset. Increasing opportunities for people to get out of their cars and safely walk, bike, and take public transit saves lives, prevents injuries, and improves health.
- Safe places to walk and bike increases everyday physical activity, and is the leading strategy for preventing overweight and obesity as well as diabetes and heart disease.
- When people drive less, air pollution declines and asthma and other health issues decrease — while slowing the negative effects of climate change.
- Safe outdoor spaces for people to gather help build strong social connections, relieve stress, and help people recover more quickly from illness.
- More people are injured or killed in cars than by walking or biking. The more we can get out of our cars, the safer and healthier all of us can be.