A new report published by Transport for London (TfL) looks at the role of transport in helping to address the capital’s public health challenges by encouraging active travel.
It also outlines how TfL is investing to “create streets that are inviting to walk and cycle in” and to “make our roads even safer”.
The report, “Improving the health of Londoners: transport action plan”, suggests that “London’s transport system has a highly significant role to play in helping tackle the major public health challenges that the city faces”.
The report goes on to say that “the quality of our health is inextricably linked to the transport services we provide and the incentives and choices we offer for how we travel around London”.
In his foreword, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, TfL’s commissioner, says: “More than two-thirds of all public transport trips also involve walking for five minutes or more. This is highly significant because, in many cases, this will be the main way Londoners are physically active.
“If we can improve the attractiveness of our environment then we will probably also provide even greater incentives for people to be more physically active. The potential benefits of this are huge.”
The report goes on to say: “The important role of transport in improving health is reflected in changes to local government responsibilities and resources that came into place in March 2013.
“Local authorities are now responsible for demonstrating improvements in 68 indicators of the health of their residents. Many of these indicators relate to streets and transport including road traffic injuries, air quality, noise, physical activity and social connectedness.”
Click here to download the report.