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According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, over the past three years we’ve seen overweightedness and obesity in Nova Scotia youth aged 12-17 rise from 23 to 38%. In adults, overweightedness and obesity is at 62%. Additionally, we’ve seen a slight decrease in Nova Scotians who report very good or excellent mental health. From a transportation standpoint, tailoring our road and highway network almost exclusively to passenger vehicles isn’t doing us any favours. The Government of Canada indicates that passenger vehicles account for around 21% of Nitrogen Oxide emissions, 51% of Volatile Oxide Compounds, and 4% of fine particulate matter emissions. Apart from reducing the quality of our air, these substances can contribute to respiratory problems in children and the elderly –which further compounds healthcare costs in Nova Scotia. When it comes to combating climate change, emissions related to transportation account for a large portion of CO2 emissions.

Accommodating cycling isn’t just about helping Nova Scotians save money. Increasing healthy transportation options, and reducing our reliance on vehicles can have a significant positive impact on health and wellness and ensure our province remains a leader in reducing our carbon footprint.


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