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Building physical activity into urban planning and design

Resources available for built environment professionals to help guide in the development of active outdoor and indoor spaces.

The Heart Foundation and the built environment

Our evidence-based resources support relevant built environment, government and health professionals to make our cities and towns healthier places to live.

Guidelines and tools:

 

Healthy Active by Design

This web resource provides a 21st Century approach to healthy urban design and includes practical checklists, case studies, high-quality examples of projects from around the world with links to the evidence.

 

Creating healthy neighbourhoods (2011)

Consumer preferences for healthy development.

 

Active Streets – the new normal for public space (2020) 

Streets play an important role in public life, beyond the movement of traffic. The Heart Foundation is calling on local government to ensure all Australians have safe streets for walking and cycling. Never has the diverse function of streets been more apparent as during the time of COVID-19.

 

Active Travel to School - Urban Design Study (NSW) (2019)

The Heart Foundation is working to make it easier for children to walk, cycle, and scoot safely to school. This study explores opportunities for cost-effective upgrades in active travel networks within the walking catchment of a school.

 

Quality Green Space Supporting Health, Wellbeing and Biodiversity: A Literature Review (SA) (2017)

This literature review emphasises the important role of city planning to incorporate quality green spaces to support health benefits.

 

Evidence review: Low density development, 2014

Impacts on physical activity and associated health outcomes.

 

Does density matter? The role of density in creating walkable neighbourhoods (2014)

Does Density Matter is a discussion paper for residents, professionals and experts involved in planning and developing neighbourhoods. It highlights that well designed and located, higher density neighbourhoods are desirable and add value to our communities.

 Evidence review: Increasing density in Australia (2012)

Maximising the health benefits and minimising harm.

 

Good for business - discussion paper (2011)

Discusses the benefits of making streets more walking and cycling friendly.

 

Community Walkability Checklist (2020)

The Neighbourhood Walkability Checklist is designed to help individuals and groups to survey their local walking environment.

Our policy recommendations

 

Blueprint for an Active Australia (3rd edition) 2019

Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia.

 

The Built Environment and Walking (2009)

This document outlines the Heart Foundation’s position on how the built environment influences walking by explaining the rationale, evidence and recommendations.

 

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