Alternative transportation options, well-being & livable communities.

Alternative transportation options, well-being & livable communities.

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    Transportation is critical to everyday activities and is also the underpinning of wellbeing. Well-being—often related to happiness—can be defined in many ways and while ‘happiness’ is often considered an important element of well-being, it is only one. This research examined subjective well-being or SWB in several dimensions: physical wellbeing, emotional well-being, access to services, work environment, life evaluation and healthy behaviors. How does transportation and selected community design elements affect well-being, especially among disadvantaged populations such as the elderly. This project queried the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, a survey of 1000 Americans everyday over an ongoing 25 year period, to identify the possible impact of transportation and community on SWB, e.g., walkability, access to parks, public transportation options, etc. Several questions were addressed: • How does transportation and area type-related variables impact SWB? For example, does your commute time affect SWB? • Do high alternative transportation service levels improve SWB? • Does where you live, e.g. city, rural or area type affect SWB?
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