Summary: Creating transport mode choices involves a partnership with business and government. Providing choices and educating employers about alternative commuting is the goal. Through case studies of best practices I will illustrate the ways in which mobility alternatives can be marketed with an emphasis on cost savings to employers. The result of having choices is to make walking a viable mode. I will use personal experiences as a Deputy Mayor for Philadelphia where I directed a program to outreach to employers and the public on the benefits of transport choices. ... More
Summary: Researchers are working to identify and promote environment and policy initiatives to encourage more active and healthy communities. Measuring environmental attributes through objective means can verify which physical environment factors are most important. We describe how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) may be used to measure objectively, the features of the built environment that may influence walking. We show how four key attributes currently believed to be of most relevance to walking for transport may be used to create a ‘walkability’ index. ... More
Summary: The Melbourne CBD Pedestrian and Traffic Study undertaken by Coomes Consulting Group for Melbourne City Council is a study that recognises that the human experience of the city is highly dependent upon the quality of pedestrian spaces. Creating workable, safe and accessible pedestrian spaces within a city is important to the social and economic functioning of the city, as well as to the well-being of its residents and visitors. The study covers a number of inner city streets, including public transport and retail nodes with some of the city's highest pedestrian volumes. These pedestrian environments were analysed to determine their pedestrian amenity, safety, accessibility and linkages, and to advise of sensitive and practical ways in which improvements to the pedestrian environment could be made. ... More
Summary: Paper topics include: From the 70s to today; From today to the future "Walkability on crossways" pedestrian needs and wishes; Conclusion; New ideas and projects; Pilot-projects to new procedures / strategies ... More
Summary: SPARC (Sport and Recreation NZ) was established in 2002 to promote, encourage and support physical activity and sport in New Zealand. A crown entity, SPARC seeks to adopt a whole of government approach that emphasises collaborative and coordinated strategies across sectors. Almost all New Zealand adults (98% or around 2.67million) enjoy some sport and active leisure over the year. 39% of adults are active for 30 minutes a day on five or more days per week (these people most closely meet the physical activity guidelines of being regularly active). Walking is the main physical activity New Zealanders do in their leisure time with 61% of men and 81% of women 'strutting their stuff'. ... More
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