It’s no secret using transit is a benefit to our tender environment. For every gallon of gas used in
a car 20 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. What is often overlooked are the health benefits transit can lend to its users. High quality transit systems, those with convenient, easy accessible bus shelters and time conscious drivers are a boon not only to the environment but also to the riders who use them.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends adults get an average of 22 minutes of physical activity everyday. This can be achieved by something as simple as a brisk walk. Sadly, less than half of all American adults are able to accomplish this task. Not in that category are
frequent transit users. While walking to and from bus stops bus passengers are often able to get the recommended exercise under their belts.
The journey to and from the bus has positive affects on both health and wallets. Inactivity can lead to serious health risks: heart disease and obesity are just a couple of serious health risks we face as an increasingly inactive nation. Approximately 200,000 U.S. deaths per year can be directly attributed to lack of physical activity, this increases medical costs across the board. For those American adults who are physically active their medical costs are up to 32% lower than their inactive counterparts.
In the Roaring Fork Valley we are fortunate enough to have an abundantly efficient transit system in RFTA. Covering over over 70 miles, each year our bus system transports over 4 million passengers to work and play. Our valley boasts physical activities ranging from skiing to hiking to fishing to biking. RFTA buses are equipped to accommodate all types of skis and snowboards in the winter. For summer recreation our buses have front loading bike racks. On the weekends there is a Bike Express bus running from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, half of the inside seats have been removed to house up to 10 bikes with room for another four on the front of the bus.
Whether your need to ride the bus is for work or pleasure we’ve got you covered at RFTA. Park your car an extra few spaces away, take a longer walk, get on the bus and relax for the ride.