Over the summer, Streetsblog Capitol Hill published a riff on the rhetorical stylings of White House budget director Peter Orszag that coined a new phrase: "Transportation reform is health reform."
The logic behind the principle stems from the health benefits of walking and biking, but also from the simple truth that fewer miles driven represents less air pollution — and often, more time to spend on less sedentary pursuits.
As it happens, Orszag himself is living proof of transportation’s connection to public health. He blogged today on the White House website about the "pedometer challenge" now going on at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which he heads, and included a video of OMB employees and their ped-loving boss (see above).
(h/t Ben Smith)