The Walkable City by Toronto Public Health

Toronto Public Health has released a " The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health." The report details the results of a study conducted in Toronto, examining residents' preferences for walkable and transit-supportive neighbourhoods, and highlights the relationship between travel choices, levels of physical activity, and body weights of residents in relationship to the walkability of their current neighbourhood.

The survey found that residents in the City of Toronto have a strong preference for walkable neighbourhoods, and that there is a strong unmet demand for more walkable neighbourhood features among residents in automobile-oriented neighbourhoods. The study also discusses the important role that that neighbourhood design plays on travel choices, physical activity and health.

Read the report here, or a summary of the report and background material from the Board of Health.

Posted On: April 4, 2012