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New Report--The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health, Toronto Public Health

Toronto Public Health has released a new report entitled, The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health.  It summarizes the Toronto-and GTA-specific findings of a residential preferences survey that was conducted for Toronto Public Health (TPH) by Dr. Larry Frank and his team at Urban Design 4 Health.  The residential preferences survey examined the preferences of residents regarding walkable and transit-supportive neighbourhoods and the specific features of those neighbourhoods which make them more or less walkable.  It also examined how neighbourhood design and preferences influence travel choices, physical activity, and the Body Mass Index.
 
This is the first study of its kind in Canada.  It provides unique data and findings for the City of Toronto, the GTA, and the GVRD.  The findings underline the important role that neighbourhood design plays on travel choices, physical activity and health.  This original research was conducted as part of the Healthy Canada by Design collaborative project funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) through the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative.
 
The Walkable City report can be found online on the new TPH web page on built environment issues:
http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/built_environment.htm.