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Free Bus Passes Have Health Benefit, Say Researchers

(Science Daily) Free bus passes for over-60s may be encouraging older people to be more physically active, say the authors of a study…
Researchers … found that people with a bus pass are more likely to walk frequently and take more journeys by "active travel" -- defined as walking, cycling or using public transport. These associations cut across socio-economic groups, suggesting that wealthier and poorer people are benefitting from the scheme equally.
Keeping physically active helps to maintain mental wellbeing, mobility and muscle strength in older people and reduces their risk of cardiovascular disease, falls and fractures.
Community: We seniors in Chicago had free transit passes until the recent budget crisis. We still get a discount, which is helpful.
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