Are we developing walkable suburbs through urban planning policy? Identifying the mix of design requirements to optimise walking outcomes from the 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' planning policy in Perth, Western Australia
Paula Hooper, Matthew Knuiman, Fiona Bull, Evan Jones, Billie Giles-Corti
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Planning policy makers and practitioners are requesting clearer guidance on the 'essential' ingredients as assessed by public health researchers to ensure suburban neighbourhood environments are designed to promote active living behaviours such as walking. OBJECTIVES: To identify the combination of design requirements from the 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' (LN) planning policy in Perth, Western Australia that were optimally supportive of walking. METHODS: K-means cluster analysis identified groups of developments with homogeneous LN features from its community design (CD), movement network (MN), lot layout (LL) and public parkland (PP) elements. Walking behaviours measured using the ..View full abstract
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Globally there is growing concern about the health, social, environmental, and economic impacts of rising levels of inactivity and obesity, ..
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Awarded by NHMRC Population Health Capacity Building Grant
Awarded by NHRMC CRE in Healthy Liveable Communities postdoctoral fellowship
No conflicts of interest were reported by the authors of this paper. All funding bodies are gratefully acknowledged. RESIDE was funded by grants from the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) (#11828), the Australian Research Council (ARC) (#LP0455453) and supported by an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Capacity Building Grant (#458688). The first author was supported by a Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF) from the University of Western Australia, an Endeavour Europe Award International Scholarship from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (formerly the Department of Education, Science and Training) and an NHMRC Population Health Capacity Building Grant (#458668) and later by a NHRMC CRE in Healthy Liveable Communities postdoctoral fellowship (#1061404); BGC is supported by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (#1004900). CBEH's GIS team (Nick Middleton, Sharyn Hickey, Bridget Beasley and Dr Bryan Boruff) are gratefully acknowledged for their assistance and advice in the development of the GIS measures in this study. Jacinta Francis, Claire Lauritsen and Roseanne Barnes coordinated data collection of the RESIDE survey. Spatial data based on information provided by and with the permission of the Western Australian Land Information Authority was used and access to the data provided by the Department of Planning. This research was also supported by Sensis Pty Ltd for providing access to destination data obtained from the Sensis (Yellow Pages) database.