John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Developing active transport modes to improve health Volume 16, issue 4, July-August 2017


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Public health issues related to transportation are becoming increasingly prominent in urban areas. Awareness of problems of air pollution and the need for active mobility is increasing. While the policies to be implemented must always aim to encourage a modal shift from cars towards alternative modes and to promote them, the focus is now on active modes, and the mechanisms of concertation evolve towards greater consideration of users and a better understanding of the effects of transport actions on health. However, the effect of these policies is limited by their action on transport only. Taking social rhythms, places, and temporalities – i.e. mobility - into consideration is a way to increase the effectiveness of measures to improve people's health through their mobility.