It turns out that people who have plenty of public transportation and walking distance in the area where they live will walk



It is known that walking has various health effects, but it is difficult to increase the amount of walking consciously. Researchers surveyed “Where do people live a lot?” And found that they have good access to public transportation from their homes and workplaces. It turns out that the more people who have the facilities, the more they walk.

It's easy to get us walking more if we have somewhere to walk to near our home and work

University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology research team, implementation has been over the 2014 from the 2012 integration investigation on the activities and Victoria travel to analyze the data, and investigate the various effects of the surrounding environment has on the walk of adults want did. The subject of the integrated survey of the original data was 5,000 adults living in Melbourne , and data such as the location of the workplace and the time spent walking in the day were collected.

The research team investigated the location of the subject's home, workplace, school, etc., and the “accessible location on foot” within a radius of 800 meters. The more service facilities such as local cafes, shops, supermarkets, and libraries that can be accessed on foot, the more “local accessibility” was rated.

Examining the relationship between local accessibility and the amount of walking by the target person, it was found that those who had good local accessibility walked on average 12 minutes per day. On the other hand, the average walking time per day was only 7 minutes for those who were judged to have poor local accessibility. The research team also stated that accessibility around the workplace and school had a greater impact on average walking time per day than accessibility around the home.


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In addition, the research team investigated the number of public transportation that was accessible from the subject's home, workplace, and school, and the number of jobs that could be reached within 30 minutes using public transportation from home.

As a result, we found that people who have easy access to local public transportation and employment have more walking in one day. For example, on average, people who were employed within 30 minutes of public transportation from their homes walked an average of 4 minutes more than those who lived in less-employed areas. In addition, people who lived in places with high convenience of public transportation walked on average seven minutes more than those who lived in places with low convenience of public transportation.

In addition to the above results, the research team also analyzes the combination of local accessibility and public transport, and the combination of both increases the amount of walking. It turns out that, on average, both local accessibility and public transport are at a high level, and more people walk on average about 10 minutes per day than those who do not.


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About this result, the research team pointed out that public transportation is a means of moving to “near home” or “near the workplace”, and it is necessary to walk further from there. On the other hand, when moving by car is the main, it is said that people tend to spend less time walking from their home parking lot to the workplace or destination parking lot.

The research team argues that urban planners can create cities where people can walk more by enhancing people's homes and offices, and public transportation within walking distance. He said that a city with lots of people can provide health benefits to the population through increased physical activity and form a truly smart and healthy city.

by Asya Cusima

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