Transport, Urban Design, and Physical Activity: An Evidence-Based Update

Previous health reviews in the urban design area have been constrained to perceptions of the neighborhood or walking behaviors, which limits the understanding of built environment influences on physical activity modalities. This review focuses on existing evidence surrounding various urban design factors and physical activity behaviors. Based on the available evidence, fostering suitable urban environments is critical to sustaining physical activity behaviors. In turn, these environments will provide part of the solution to improving population health outcomes. Key urban design features attributable to transport-related physical activity are density, subdivision age, street connectivity, and mixed land use. The paper discusses directions for future research, including consistent use of transport and health measurement tools, an enhanced understanding of traffic calming measures, and further collaborative work between the health, transport, and urban design sectors.


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  • Accession Number: 01001505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2005 9:53PM