-> The American Public Health Association has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. (http://bit.ly/2p76NsX) They report that in 2016, transportation surpassed power plants to become the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the US. Vehicles are a major contributor to smog and other unhealthy air pollution. Between the immediate effects of tailpipe pollution and longer-term changes in climate from burning fossil fuels, America faces many more missed school days, hospital visits and premature deaths from dirtier air, contaminated food and water, more extreme heat and storms, and vector-borne illnesses. Our continued heavy dependence on fossil fuels in transportation is a particular threat to children, who also face a variety of developmental and behavioral disorders associated with pollution. We have a golden opportunity to work with MPOs and DOTs as they implement MAP-21 performance management requirements to make America’s transportation system cleaner and healthier. http://bit.ly/2p7oLvs

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/bb_nutrition/ ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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