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Active Cities Boost Economies

Cities that actively promote physical activities enjoy an economic advantage, research has suggested.

It says areas designed for physical activities have increased retail activity and revenue, and lower healthcare and crime costs.

The report's authors describe active cities as urban areas with easy access via cycling or walking to parks, schools and workplaces.

The details have been presented at an Active Cities Summit in Bristol, UK.

The findings showed that studies that assessed the economic benefits of walking and cycling interventions provided an average return of £13 for every £1 invested.  In the UK, the return was shown to be as high as £19.

For more information, visit the BBC News website.


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