TITLE

Questioning Assumptions 1 Do New Urbanists Walk More

AUTHOR(S)
Handy, Susan
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Planning;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p36
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses certain community design elements as strategies for increasing physical activity, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The residents of traditional style neighborhoods,where there is more mixing of land use, tend to walk more than residents of conventionally designed suburban neighborhoods. Residents may walk more because they can, when a town center is nearby and the streets have sidewalks. Planners have an obligation to give the residents of the communities healthy choices. Neighborhood design must facilitate walking for those who like walking and design likewise for those who prefer driving. Biking should also have a role to play in providing alternatives to driving, although its role is underemphasized. It has been seen that driving is less dependent on neighborhood design than walking is, but more dependent on the opportunities found throughout the rest of the metropolitan region. By encouraging walking, the new urbanism will help solve the problem of obesity.
ACCESSION #
19691210

 

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