A recent British study has found that when seniors use the bus on a regular basis their physical activity level increases – as a result of walking to and from the bus, and points in between.

These findings, outlined in the Sept. 20 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, come out of a study of a U.K. program which provides limited income citizens aged 60 and older with a free bus pass for all local buses.

While a “key purpose of the concessionary scheme is to increase bus use as a means of reducing social exclusion among older people and, in particular, to ensure access to travel among those on limited incomes,” the study showed that seniors with access to buses walked significantly more than those who did not use the bus regularly.

Using the bus, argue the researchers, may therefore play “a key role to play in keeping older adults physically fit.”