“Increased commute times relate to lower mental health and subjective well-being scores.”
Reliable mass transit / walking and cycling for the win https://t.co/yKbFTqw9Xy
— Bridget Burdett (@DrBridgetB) May 10, 2019
Dr. Bridget Burdett in New Zealand sent along this link to a new article in Science Direct published in the Journal of Transportation and Health. Researchers included Corrine Mulley, one of the editors of “Walking~Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health”.
The study looked at the qualitative experience of over three hundred individuals who relocated to suburban areas without good transit or active transportation links to work centres. Since residential development in outlying areas often arrives before public transportation infrastructure, researchers wanted to assess the health impacts of longer and changing commutes on commuters.
Using multiple regression techniques, researchers had some surprising conclusions. Longer commutes and changing the time needed to leave for commutes was found to be directly related to lower mental health levels and the perception of a decrease in wellbeing. But researchers also found that independent car use and not using public transport was associated with “increased happiness”.Read more »