Journal article

Identifying, creating, and testing urban planning measures for transport walking: Findings from the Australian national liveability study

Hannah Badland, Suzanne Mavoa, Claire Boulange, Serryn Eagleson, Lucy Gunn, Joshua Stewart, Stephanie David, Billie Giles-Corti

JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

A vast body of research demonstrates that living in ׳more walkable׳ neighbourhoods is associated with increased walking, and in turn, positively impacts selected health behaviours and outcomes. Yet, walkable neighbourhoods are not always delivered. The aims of this study were to identify Australian urban planning policies designed to foster ׳walkability׳, and to test measures based on these policies with transport walking behaviours in adults. Overall, 14 Australian state level urban planning policies related to walking were identified. Spatial measures were developed based on these urban planning policies, and linked with geocoded population survey data. Associations between the urban plann..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities


Awarded by Australian Prevention Partnership Centre


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

HB and SM are in part supported by VicHealth, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities (#1061404), and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (#9100001), with funding provided by NHMRC, ACT Health, NSW Health, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, the Hospitals' Contribution Fund of Australia, and the HCF Research Foundation. SD and SE were supported by VicHealth. BGC is supported by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship #1107672 and VicHealth. LG is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities (#1061404). The Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources provided access to VISTA data. Sincere thanks go to the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources and Department of Environment and Primary Industries for providing VISTA and spatial data.