Planning for Better Health and Wellbeing
The seminar was organised in conjunction with the Welsh Government and Active Travel Wales and aimed to raise awareness and understanding of planning, active travel and health and to inform delegates about current and evolving evidence and identify priorities for both future research and practice.
The seminar was chaired by Kate Eden, Non-Executive Director for Public Health Wales and opened by Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health. The Minister gave an overview of the current policies and legislation within Welsh Government related to Active Travel.
The first presentation was from Dr Tim Jones from Oxford Brookes University who explained the Cycle Boom study which aimed to understand cycling among the older population and how this affected independence, health and wellbeing. Tim also spoke about the potential role of electric bicycles in promoting public health.
Dr Barry Lambe from Waterford Institute of Technology then delivered a presentation about Ireland's Smarter Travel Programme. The study concluded that improving the convenience of walking, cycling and public transport and limiting the availability of workplace car parking may promote uptake and maintenance of active commuting.
Stuart Williams from the City of Cardiff Council gave a local perspective and explained how a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was conducted to inform the Local Development Plan (LDP). Stuart discussed the issues identified in the HIA and which ones were embedded in the LDP.
A joint presentation was given by Michael Chang from the Town and Country Planning Association and Liz Green from Public Health Wales. This presentation revolved around the development of a document: Planning for Better Health and Wellbeing in Wales which was launched at the event.
The afternoon consisted of four workshops:
- Creating supportive environments for walking and cycling to school: from doorstep to doorstep
- Active Ageing: Creating Momentum
- Shaping future active travel networks
- Planning for an Active Wales
The overall aim of the workshops were 'How can the expertise in the group or the learning from the event be used to positively influence or support key policy drivers such as the local wellbeing plans, the Active Travel action plan, other levers for change?'