Urban Design, Transport, and Health

The Lancet medical journal published a series of articles that explore how to evaluate and guide urban planning decisions to create healthy and sustainable cities. Live long and prosper!

May 20, 2022, 7:00 AM PDT

By Todd Litman

Montreal, Quebec

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Urban Design, Transport, and Health

The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 10, No. 6

Executive Summary

Good city planning produces co-benefits for individual and planetary health and wellbeing. In 2016, the Lancet Series on urban design, transport, and health drew attention to the importance of integrated upstream city planning policies as a pathway to creating healthy and sustainable cities, and proposed a set of city planning indicators that could be used to benchmark and monitor progress. In this follow-up series, the authors show how the indicators can guide decisions about what must change in order to create healthy and sustainable cities and how research can be used to guide urban policy to achieve urban and population health. They provide tools that other cities can use to replicate the indicators, and explore “where to next” to create healthy and sustainable cities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in The Lancet - Urban Design, Transport, and Health

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