Motorways and health

An article in the herald earlier this week highlighted some of the health issues we see have with motorways. People who live beside Auckland’s Southern Motorway are subjected to air pollution at nearly double the level of those 130m further away, research shows.…
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Driving and sprawl are killing you

An article in the New York Times a few months ago summarised quite nicely recent research into connections between transport modes and health outcomes: Millions of Americans like her pay dearly for their dependence on automobiles, losing hours a day that would be better spent exercising, socializing with family and friends, preparing home-cooked meals or simply getting enough sleep.…
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Public transport’s health benefits

Todd Littman of the Victorian Transport Policy Institute has released a fascinating study into the health benefits of public transport. Here’s a brief summary of the study and its findings: This report investigates ways that public transportation affects human health, and ways to incorporate these impacts into transport policy and planning decisions.…
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Transport, urban form and health

The Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) has released a very interesting study into the linkages between urban environments and wellbeing, entitled Healthy Places, Healthy Lives: urban environments and wellbeing. During my university studies I did quite a lot of research into what we call “Health Geography” – looking at how different environments affect different health outcomes.…
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