Automobile dependence: A contributing factor to poorer health among lower-income households

Jerome N. Rachele, Takemi Sugiyama, Gavin Turrell, Aislinn M. Healy, James F. Sallis

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Abstract

Lower household income is one of the strongest predictors of poor health. In this viewpoint, we explore an understudied pathway between household income and health: automobile dependence. We argue that the provision of policies that reduce automobile dependence, and facilitate active and affordable modes of travel (i.e. walking, cycling and public transport), may mitigate poorer health among individuals from lower-income households. Policies and environments that support active travel are likely to have particularly strong health and economic benefits for lower-income residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Transport and Health
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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