A lot of research all point towards the same thing: Australia and America have the highest rates of obesity. 64 % are considered overweight and if it keeps going in this rate, every single on in America is going to be overweight. It's a shocking problem. Diabetes, heart disease and depression are all increasing issues in these countries and they are increasingly beginning to be related to our car-based society. We are no longer getting that passive exercise from walking and cycling because we're taking the car everywhere. The more we use our cars the bigger the roads and freeways leading to more noise pollution leading to head aches and stress and so on. It's time for change. It's time to prioritise humans.
New York is one of the cities in the world reclaiming the streets.
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Bogota has done amazing work to promote cycling and public transport. Where the minority wanted bigger roads and more freeways Mayor Penalosa decided to create a city for everyone. A city that did not increase the already big social differences. The Bogota bike path system is impressive to say the least. In areas where they barely have housing at least they have high quality walk and bike paths contributing to a healthier and safer environment. The paths join up schools and playgrounds with work and home making it easier for families and providing work opportunities. It has been a great success!
In Seoul a massive freeway was removed to bring back the buried river and create a beautiful public space.
There is hope.