Associations between accessibility, active travel, health and economic impacts
Exercise and walking are vital for a healthy lifestyle and well-being. The accessibility and "walkability" of where we live and work is key to supporting physical activity. Consequently, public health practitioners, urban planners and the transport sector face a common strategic challenge; shifting people from private vehicles to active forms of transport. We aim to model the health and economic impacts of the ease of a) walking and cycling within neighbourhoods and b) travelling across wider geographical areas on time spent walking and cycling for transport among both adults and children. This will enable us to maximise the opportunities our built environment affords us for positive health and well-being in Australia.
This project will examine how local and regional accessibility (e.g. having near-by shops and services and efficient public transport) are related to walking and cycling. It will investigate the complex relationship between adult's and children's travel and estimate the economic health cost of inequalities in opportunitites for active travel.