Cities need sustainable transport baked in, says The Lancet
Saturday, September 24th 2016 at 9:31PM BST
An Australian Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health is urging cities to offer more choices for active transport, such as cycling and walking. Professor Mark Stevenson of the University of Melbourne has written one of the articles in an “Urban Design” series published in The Lancet.
The three-paper series features authors from leading global academic institutions, and quantifies the health outcomes that could be gained through changes to urban design and the transport system
The series was launched today at an event hosted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Society Network in New York, and compares six global cities – including London – with a variety of livability indexes, economic, land-use and transport attributes. The other cites examined are Melbourne, Boston, Delhi, Sao Paulo and Copenhagen.
With the world’s population estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, with 75 percent living in cities, city planning is now being recognised as a part of a comprehensive solution to tackling adverse health outcomes.
The authors identify the health gains that could be achieved if cities encouraged a modal shift from private motor vehicle use to active transport namely bicycling and walking, and increased public transport use, services and amenities.