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Where and Why Walking or Biking to Work Makes a Difference

An active commute matters, wherever you live.
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It’s been more than seven years since Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett put his entire city on a diet and invested in wider sidewalks, better bike routes, and a larger park to encourage fitness. For politicians and urbanists alike, the connection between the shape of our cities and the shape of our bodies is clear. Those of us who live in sprawling suburbs and commute to work by car are less likely to be healthy, while those of us who live in dense urban neighborhoods end up healthier because we’re more likely to bike or walk to work.

Unless, that is, people in compact urban areas don’t actually walk or bike to work a great deal more, even though it’s a readily available option.