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How walking within their neighborhood is empowering for children - The Conversation

By Beth Daley

A crosswalk with people walking.

A recent study looked at the benefits that active travel brings to children. I found that walking through their neighborhoods – close to home – can empower young people, giving them a greater sense of control and autonomy. This can have a positive impact on their well-being.


Urban planners and epidemiologists alike use the term “active travel” to refer to walking and cycling as means of transport. Research has long shown that encouraging it is beneficial for both the natural environment and the health of the people who live in it.


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