The impact of transport on health is varied and well documented with obvious and long-standing links to road safety and air quality, and more recent recognition of transports role on health issues such as the ‘obesogenic’ environment, sustainable development, social inclusion and the emerging concept of ‘wellbeing’.
Whilst there has been considerable progress on road safety issues including on accident prevention, risk management and behaviour modification, there is, as always, more that can be done. Similarly despite huge advances on improving air quality the recent focus on global warming has re-energised efforts to curb carbon emissions, some of which are associated with road transport.
However, the rapid increase in obesity levels and the associated impact on many chronic diseases has focussed attention on the role of the environment on health behaviour, in which of course, transport plays a large part. Some collaborative actions have already been explored including walking and cycling initiatives, congestion charging, home zones, shared space, travel plans etc. And there are constantly evolving and innovative ideas, particularly from N. Europe, that are being studied and considered.
Walking with Sir Muir Gray
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