Free Bus Trips for Seniors May Boost Walking
A new study researched the effects of free bus passes for seniors on their overall physical health. In 2008, England offered free, local bus passes to citizens age 60 and older. The hope was that social engagement among older people would increase and not exclude those with a limited income. The study found that citizens who received the free bus pass were more likely to walk, cycle, and use public buses and trains. It also concluded that those who utilized the bus passes found significant health benefits through increased physical activity. Other areas, such as Canadian provinces, have considered this program to accommodate the growing aging population, as well as to provide an alternative for seniors on the roads.