The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences Travel Choices and Health
Submitted by Kristina Jackson on Thu, 2012-04-12 14:41
This report is part of the "Healthy Toronto by Design" Reports that address several aspects that influence a city's quality of life.
Part of the executive summary:This report summarizes the findings of a residential preferences study which examined the preferences of residents towards walkable and transit-supportive neighbourhoods and specific features of those neighbourhoods. It also examined how the travel choices, levels of physical activity, and body weights of residents are related to the walkability of their current neighbourhoods and to their neighbourhood preferences. This report highlights the results for the GTA only, with a specific focus on the findings for the City of Toronto. The study reveals an overwhelming preference for walkable and transitsupportive neighbourhoods across the GTA, with that preference being strongest in the City of Toronto. It demonstrated that that there are specific neighbourhood features, such as having shops and services within walking distance of homes, and having a variety of small and medium sized food stores within walking distance of homes, that are strongly desired by Toronto residents. It also found that there is a strong latent demand for more walkable neighbourhood features among residents in the City who currently live in less walkable areas.
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