- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 19 Feb 2020
Transport design and health
In October 2016, a report published by Arup, BRE, University College London and AREA Research proposed that taking a new approach to designing city streets and other transport infrastructure could have a significant impact on public physical and mental health.
The report’s guidance comes as the NHS is placing increasing emphasis on wellbeing and prevention to help relieve pressure on its services. The number of people suffering chronic diseases, such as stroke, asthma and diabetes, is increasing, posing significant cost burdens on the NHS. The cost of treating diabetes-related conditions alone in the UK was £10 billion in 2011-2012.
The report, 'Health + Mobility: A design protocol for mobilising healthy living', aims to provide civic leaders, city planners and architects with a guidance protocol that can be applied in any urban setting. By taking a more holistic approach to transport design, cities can be helped to identify the health issues that can be influenced.
The research team of public health specialists and built environment professionals found that something as simple as the design of streets, pathways and other networks could have a significant impact on walking, cycling and other physical activities.
The protocol’s application to the Liverpool site highlighted a range of measures that could be implemented to improve underlying health issues in the area. This included reducing the number of wide and busy roads, efficient transport planning and road layout changes and creating more attractive pedestrian and cycling networks.
These changes could facilitate a better street life, improve air quality and encourage people to be more physically active, and they have the potential to help the wider city of Liverpool move towards a healthier environment.
Helen Pineo, associate director for cities at BRE and one of the authors of the guidance, said: “The challenges are so great that they cannot be resolved by health services alone. Planners and designers all have a part to play in promoting health and wellbeing in our cities, and this protocol gives them the tools to create healthier places, without requiring a knowledge of the specialist language of the health sector.”
Professor Nick Tyler from University College London Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering’s Centre for Transport Studies said: “The way we move around the built environment can affect our health in a variety of ways – physically, sensorially and psychologically. By designing the environment to give positive health outcomes we can make a huge difference to people’s quality of life and healthcare needs.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BRE articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Car park.
- Compliant public transport node.
- Cycling and walking plan.
- Data-driven mobility.
- ECA backs joint rail electrification statement.
- Highways in England and Wales.
- Integrated transport system.
- Safe pedestrian route.
- Sustainable transport.
- Road traffic management.
- Traffic and transport.
- Traffic engineering.
- Transport assessment.
- Travel plan.
Featured articles and news
A review of the HES pilot project.
Organisation alerts membership to findings of IHBC research.
Four outstanding professionals recognised.
Sustainable flooring from super strong grass.
Organisation presents reactions from industry leaders.
New infrastructure bank to be based in the North of England.
Fairer, faster, greener. A summary of the key points.
Strategies to help provide safer working conditions.
Protecting flora, fauna and the other natural features of Scotland.
Architecture considered somewhere between 'sublime and beautiful'.
Polish piano factory revived through an energy-oriented tune up.
Dynamic architectural approach sets out to restore and improve the environment.
Entries accepted from 1 December 2020 to 14 April 2021.