Essential evidence: the benefits of walking and cycling


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Essential evidence: the benefits of walking and cycling

Posted 22 July 2009 15:16 by martin

Dr Adrian Davis, 'Public Health support to City Development' at Bristol City Council is putting together an interesting set of punchy one-siders that provide peer-reviewed evidence for the benefits of cycling and walking.

He adds to them on a weekly basis on the Bristol City Council website.

Here are the topics so far:
  1. Safety in numbers
  2. Segmentation in behaviour change
  3. Evidence hierarchy
  4. Cycling and all cause mortality
  5. Impact of highway traffic capacity reductions
  6. Walking to health
  7. Weight gain and car use
  8. Physical activity – the best buy in public health
  9. Bus use and deregulation
  10. Cycle commuting
  11. Walkable communities
  12. Life change events and physical activity participation
  13. Cycling reduces absenteeism at the workplace
  14. A healthy school journey
  15. Vision Zero
  16. Objective monitoring, children's travel and physical fitness
  17. Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health
  18. The role of habit in travel behaviour
  19. Unintended health impacts of road transport policies and interventions
  20. Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
  21. Obtaining a driving licence and interventions to influence the decision
  22. Inverse Care Law
  23. Mass Community Cycling Events
  24. Economic Benefits of Cycling
  25. Cycling Safety – Lessons from The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany
  26. Effect of crime and neighbourhood on physical activity
  27. Air Pollution
  28. Public Transport and Physical Activity
So if you're ever in an argument with someone who's doubtful about the benefits of getting people walking more (and even, heaven forbid, putting the odd restriction on car use), these may provide a few facts and stats to bolster your case.
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