It is estimated that just 150 minutes of cycling or walking spent by each adult per week could save the US economy about $28 billion a year. Yet, cycling and walking still lack the widespread popularity required to realize this level of economic benefit.
The popularity of bicycling and walking emerges in studies of general physical activity in the United States. States in which biking and walking to work are more common also report higher shares of the population engaging in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
The popularity of cycling and walking remains widely divergent among the 50 states, suggesting that health insurers to government planners should take heed in developing incentives to encourage these forms of physical activity.
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