Prescription for better health in Toronto: improving transportation options
Improving public transit and active transportation options in the region is more than just a matter of reducing traffic congestion; it means healthy communities and better air quality. The Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, Councillor Joe Mihevc and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown voiced support for transit investment in the region following the release of the Transit Panel’s recommendations to the Ontario government on funding the Big Move.
“Expanding transit is the equitable thing to do, as it increases timely options for people to get to work, school and access services and recreational opportunities in their communities,” said Councillor Mihevc.
A stronger regional transportation network would provide more active and public transportation options and help to reduce air pollution that currently leads to nearly $2 billion a year in health care costs.
“Increasing transit options is also about building a healthier city. The more people walk, cycle and take transit, the lower our obesity rates will be,” said Dr. McKeown.
See the full release for more.
Read Toronto Public Health’s Prescription: A Healthy Transportation System.
(Photo: Mike Derblich)