Get on Board
April 25, 2019 is the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) National Get on Board Day. Get on Board is a new national advocacy day that is all about generating awareness of and increasing support for public transportation among riders and non-riders, elected officials, and stakeholders.
...with Station Yoga
To support this initiative, MARTA,
King of Pops,
Open Hand, Georgia Commute Options,
Relay Bike and others are highlighting the health benefits of using public transit by hosting a 45-minute lunchtime yoga session and a mini Health Fair at Five Points station near the soccer pitch. The Health Fair will run from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm with the yoga session starting at 12:30 pm.
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Health Benefits of Riding Transit
Increases Activity and Exercise
- Individuals who use public transportation get over three times the amount of physical activity per day of those who don’t by walking to stops and final destinations. Every additional hour spent behind the wheel of a car increases a commuter’s risk of obesity by 6-percent.
- Public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually and produces less pollution than cars per passenger mile by utilizing advanced technologies and higher standards.
Reduces Automobile Accidents
- Traffic casualty rates tend to decline as public transit travel increases. Residents of transit-oriented communities have only about a quarter of the per capita traffic fatality rate versus communities without transit.
- Many commuters find high quality public transit travel less stressful than driving. Public transit can reduce emotional stress by improving people’s access to education, and employment, social and recreational activities; improving as well as improving community cohesion, and improving access to social and recreational activities. Moreover, areas with high public transit movement tend to have better overall security and reduced crime rates.
Provides access to essential needs
- Public transportation is a way for these non-drivers (particularly low-income seniors and disabled individuals) to gain access to important services and activities that improve public health such as: healthcare appointments, basic shopping, banking, education, and employment opportunities.
- Using transit saves a household around $6,251 annually. This supports public health by leaving riders with more money for better living arrangements, healthy food, and medical services.