The first set of results from the local My Health My Community survey have been released and they show how active transportation, like walking, biking and taking transit, has an influence on our health.
Here’s what the survey found:
Metro Vancouver residents who commute by transit, biking or walking have 33% lower odds of being overweight or obese compared to those who commute by car; those who bike or walk have 48% lower odds and those who use transit have 22% lower odds
Metro Vancouver residents who commute by transit, biking or walking are twice as likely to achieve recommended daily physical activity recommendations compared to those who commute by car
Metro Vancouver residents who commute by transit have the longest commute times – highlighting the need for investments in transit to reduce those times
Transit use is highest among lower income households, visible minorities and recent immigrants.
Sense of community belonging increases as commute length decreases. Cyclists and walkers have a greater sense of community belonging and car users with longer commute times have lower sense of community belonging.
This set of results include data from 28,000 Metro Vancouver residents surveyed in 2013 and 2014. Learn more on the My Health My Community site.
Thank you to all of you who participated! More survey results will be coming soon.