SF Gate: Can urban design keep you from getting fat?
- Our Cities, Ourselves -
Can urban design keep you from getting fat?
By Carol Lloyd, Special to SF Gate <mailto:surreal@...>
Friday, April 20, 2007
Because he was going to graduate school, retired environmental
researcher John Holtzclaw left San Jose and a job that had him driving
25,000 miles a year. Biking became his primary form of transportation.
After graduation, he settled in an apartment in the Russian
Hill-Chinatown area and gave up his car altogether. During those middle
years when most of us gain girth, Holtzclaw lost 30 pounds bicycling and
walking up the steep hills.
Two years ago, Mary Lanosa moved to Pleasant Hill from San Francisco and
noticed a change for the worse in her well-being and her weight.
Although the length of her commute remained the same in Pleasant Hill as
it was when she lived in San Francisco, in the city she used public
transportation. "In Pleasant Hill you have to drive everywhere, their
public transit is lousy," she told me via e-mail. "I always felt
healthier in the City as I had more opportunities to walk places."
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