This and particularly this bit
By encouraging people to drive everywhere, we have created a nation of obese, unfit and unhealthy peoplegot me wondering how much does driving everywhere actually add to the obesity epidemic [tm] (Ignoring that councillor dobson for the moment, who sounds like a bit of a tool) It definitely sounds like a factor but anyone suggested how much? If we depended on public transport people would presumably live closer to work and out of town shopping probably wouldn't be such a big thing but would they still walk/cycle or would they catch the bus/tram/conveyor belt* instead? Surely over eating and lack of getting of your arse in your free time are larger parts of the obesity thing, rather than just your method of travel....?
OTOH I reckon I'd be a few pounds heavier if I didn't cycle to work but it would still be easier for me to catch a train than drive to work so that's me choosing the active option rather than a car/public transport thing.
*what improvements might we have seen in public transport if car was not seen as the pinnacle of transport around here?