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Using transport policy to increase physical activity

Mackett, RL; (2013) Using transport policy to increase physical activity. In: Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Transport Research. World Conference on Transport Research Society: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Green open access

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to consider whether transport policy can contribute to the improvement of health by increasing walking and cycling and hence levels of physical activity in a way that is likely to be effective and acceptable to the public. The work is based on a project carried out for the UK Department for Transport to review the available evidence on the role of transport in increasing levels of physical activity. A key feature of this approach would be to shift people from the car to the alternatives of walking, cycling and use of local public transport. In the paper, the direct contribution of travel to physical activity is discussed, and then the barriers to active travel are examined. Then a range of transport policy options are considered including the impact of the various policy options on walking and cycling.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Using transport policy to increase physical activity
Event: 13th World Conference on Transport Research
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: 15 July 2013 - 18 July 2013
ISBN-13: 9788528502329
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.wctrs-society.com/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Physical activity, Transport, Policy, Health, Car use, Active travel, Walking, Cycling
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1379052
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