Expanding the availability and access to a variety of transportation options has the potential to save lives by preventing chronic diseases, reducing and preventing motor vehicle-related injury and deaths, improving environmental health, while stimulating economic development and ensuring access for all people. (CDC)
Modern U.S. transportation if focused on motor vehicle travel, causing limited support for other transportation options. Active transportation is a term that is used to describe any physically active trip to work, school, the store or to visit friends. There are many different ways to get to where you are going and get the physical activity you need every day. Walking and biking are the most popular forms of active transportation but many people do both.
Active transportation as part of everyday travel is as effective as structured workouts for improving health (APHA)