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designing cities to encourage active transport

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  • Debra Efroymson
    Have people seen this? EURO WHO guidelines on city design...I have only skimmed it but so far it looks really good! A potential lobbying tool, not just for
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 24, 2007
      Have people seen this? EURO WHO guidelines on city
      design...I have only skimmed it but so far it looks
      really good! A potential lobbying tool, not just for
      EURO, but to show other govts what they should be
      doing...in some countries, at least, WHO has a lot of
      pull.
      Debra

      Promoting physical activity and active living in urban
      environments

      THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

      THE SOLID FACTS
      The Regional Office for Europe of the World Health
      Organization, 2006

      Available online as PDF file [66p.] at:
      http://www.euro.who.int/document/e89498.pdf

      “…..The evidence on the built environment and physical
      activity presented here comes from two major sources:
      studies on urban planning that primarily examine the
      connection between the built environment and walking
      and cycling as modes of transport and studies on
      physical activity that examine the connection between
      the urban environment and physical activity in its
      broadest sense, including active transport, sport,
      recreational activity and playing in the park.

      Together, they indicate the importance of
      accessibility (determined by land-use patterns and the
      transport system together), design and aesthetics in
      promoting physical activity and active living.

      The causal relationships between active living and the
      physical and social environments may be considerably
      more complicated. However, creating opportunities for
      active living should be a priority in urban planning
      that is concerned with public health, a sustainable
      environment, cost-effectiveness, social cohesion and
      the creation of a people-friendly, attractive city….”

      Content:

      1. Active living, health and local leadership

      2. Physical activity: a vital investment

      3. Challenges and opportunities in the built
      environment

      4. Challenges and opportunities in the social
      environment

      5. Population groups needing special attention

      6. Settings for physical activity

      7. Designing to promote healthy weight

      8. Putting it all together

      References





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