February is American Heart Month, and a lot of Americans are trying to stay focused on maintaining healthier habits after the initial rush around New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re one of them, trying a more active commute is an easy way to incorporate some heart-healthy exercise into your day and get you where you need to go – a win-win.
Walking to work and biking to work may come to mind when you hear “active commute.” While those are fantastic mobility options, they’re not a fit for everyone. But did you know that even taking transit will help you stay fit?
Don’t take our word for it: there are many studies that bear that hypothesis out. Even getting in a few extra minutes of walking each on your way to and from transit can give you some good health benefits.
Learn more about the connection between transportation options and health here.
HEADS UP, CEDAR PARK IS A SAFETY CAMPAIGN CREATED BY THE CITY OF CEDAR PARK, TEXAS, TO HELP ENHANCE SAFETY FOR ALL ROAD, SIDEWALK AND TRAIL USERS IN CEDAR PARK.
Know your rights and responsibilities when it comes to walking, cycling and driving, and encourage your neighbors, friends, and family to do so as well. This campaign is aiming to make Cedar Park an even safer community for all travelers.
Scary street statistics
This Halloween, get all the fun without the fear by taking extra precautions to be safe on the road. Tragically, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the following statistics related to traffic fatalities on Halloween.
- Drunk driving accounts for almost half of traffic fatalities on Halloween night. There were 168 drunk driving fatalities on Halloween night in the United States between 2012 and 2016. This number accounts for 44 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night.
- People walking are vulnerable to fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. Children trick-or-treating and those accompanying them are at risk, as 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night over the same period involved drunk drivers.
- Young adults are most at risk of dying in drunk-driving crashes. The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities, at 46 percent, in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.
Never drink and drive. For more safety tips, check out the NHTSA’s comprehensive list for drivers and pedestrians.
Austin Transportation’s Get Home Safe program
Plan ahead to travel with a designated driver or try another way to get home safe. If you leave your car downtown overnight and can provide proof of purchase that you took another way home (like a bus, taxi or ride-hail), you can get your parking ticket waived. Learn more at AustinTexas.gov/GetHomeSafe.
Capital Metro’s Wicked Wednesday late-night service
Staying out late for Halloween and catching a safe ride home is easy with Capital Metro.
- MetroRapid runs until 2:30 a.m.
- MetroRail’s last train departs Downtown Station at 2:30 a.m. Download the Halloween MetroRail schedule.
E-Bus and Night Owl services operate until 3 a.m.
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke insists that nothing is set in stone. He has cautioned the community to view the vision document for Project Connect, the long-term plan for high-capacity transit that Capital Metro released last week, as nothing more than the starting point of a lengthy community conversation about how to bring game-changing public transportation to the Austin metropolitan area.
The sport that children suffer the most injuries in doesn’t belong to football. According to pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Knapp, that sport is bicycling. That’s why Caraway Elementary sponsored a bike rodeo to raise awareness about the importance of wearing bike helmets.
Bastrop youth will learn how to use public transportation in the city through a free program at the YMCA. During the Great Transit Adventure, kids 8 to 16 years old will learn how to read a bus schedule and board a CARTS bus in Bastrop that will take them to and from an afternoon of free bowling and pizza.
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