A new framework from Arup aims to assist civic leaders, city planners and architects take a new approach to designing city streets and other transport infrastructure that could make a significant impact on improving public physical and mental health.

The study, Health + Mobility: A design protocol for mobilising healthy living, provides a guidance protocol that can be applied in any urban setting. This is aimed at helping cities identify the health issues that can be influenced by taking a more holistic approach to transport design.

The research team of public health specialists and built environment professionals found something as simple as the design of streets, pathways and networks could have a significant impact on encourage walking, cycling and other physical activities.

The Liverpool Knowledge Quarter and the Baton Rouge Health District in the US were chosen to test the transport design protocol in a real life setting. Its application to the Liverpool site highlighted a range of measures that could be implemented to improve underlying health issues in the area. This included reducing the amount of wide and busy roads through to efficient transport planning and road layout changes and creating more attractive pedestrian and cycling networks. These changes could facilitate better street life, improve air quality and encourage people to be more physically active. Through these proposed interventions the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter has the potential to help the wider city of Liverpool move towards a healthier environment.

Source: Keep Scotland Beautiful

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