29 Apr '13, 4am

If You Build It, They Will Walk:

If You Build It, They Will Walk:

By Erin Weaver A study tracked the walking habits of people moving into new developments in Perth, Western Australia, and confirmed that access to walkable destinations increased people's physical activity. The results of a decade-long study bear out the common-sense idea that walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with recreational destinations encourage residents to walk more. The study , beginning in 2003, surveyed more than 1,400 people who planned to move into new developments in Perth, Western Australia. Respondents self-reported their weekly walking habits in surveys filled out both before moving and approximately one year later; the authors tallied walkable destinations in the respondents’ previous neighborhoods and in the new developments, such as shops, parks, and mass transit stops. Some developments provided fewer such amenities, causing a decline in residents’ walk...

Full article: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2013/4/3/If...

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