Cycling

Health, physical inactivity, obesity and cycling

The New Year is traditionally the time when we renounce the excess of the festive season and make resolutions - formal or otherwise - to change our diet and to fit exercise into our busy daily lives. Resolutions that are broken all too often.

Toolbox for Cycle-Friendly Junctions in Amsterdam

Publisher: 
Gemeente Amsterdam
Publication date: 
February 2017
Abstract: 

To improve the flow of cycle traffic, measures have to be taken regarding infrastructure and traffic regulations. Infrastructure measures focus on the required physical space, traffic control measures focus on the distribution of green and red times. Both types of measures obviously affect each other, but they can certainly prove their worth, in isolation.

Garden Village and Towns Standards for the 21st Century

Publisher: 
Almere Consulting
Publication date: 
December 2016
Abstract: 

The New Towns and Garden Villages built in the 21st Century must be exemplars of sustainable and healthy living, they must deal with the twin challenges of climate change and inactive lifestyles. Health and climate change affect every aspect of planning for new and renewed places with high quality active travel networks being key to good design.

Fairness in a Car-dependent Society

Publisher: 
Sustainable Development Commission
Publication date: 
March 2011
Abstract: 

Fairness in a Car Dependent Society, finds that vulnerable groups not only travel less than other people, they carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel, including air pollution, noise, traffic danger, injury and crime. Other findings include:

Fairness in a Car-dependent Society

Publisher: 
Sustainable Development Commission
Publication date: 
March 2011
Abstract: 

Fairness in a Car Dependent Society, finds that vulnerable groups not only travel less than other people, they carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel, including air pollution, noise, traffic danger, injury and crime. Other findings include:

Diversifying and normalising cycling in London, UK: an exploratory study on the influence of infrastructure

Publisher: 
Journal of Transport and Health
Publication date: 
November 2016
Abstract: 

This article examines the extent to which protected infrastructure is associated with greater diversity and normalisation of cycling. In the UK, cyclists are predominantly male and often wear distinctive cycle clothing rather than everyday clothes. This is not the case in higher-cycling countries such as the Netherlands and Germany. It has been argued that the UK's demographic skewing may be partly due to poor quality infrastructure which can be off-putting for many, but particularly for women, children and older people.

Impact of offering cycle training in schools upon cycling behaviour: a natural experimental study

Publisher: 
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication date: 
March 2016
Abstract: 

Background: England’s national cycle training scheme, ‘Bikeability’, aims to give children in England the confidence to cycle more. There is, however, little evidence on the effectiveness of cycle training in achieving this. We therefore examined whether delivering Bikeability was associated with cycling frequency or with independent cycling.

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