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Why health and wellbeing should be at centre of urban planning

Scientists are borrowing from history that epidemics of cholera and other infectious diseases in the 19th century taught us that clean drinking water, sewage and waste collection were essential for healthy cities. From this fact now scientists are researching on how building and use of infrastructure and amenities can be used to reduce the burden of illness. A 5year study of 260,000 working people in the UK has found that people who cycled to work were healthier and living longer than those who commuted by car. Along with people who walked to work, cycling commuters also had lower rates of heart disease. This translates that governments around the world should sponsor more friendly roads for cyclists and pedestrians which is not always the case. Scientists are for 15 minute city concept, a policy that translates that ; social amenities such as shops, the market , schools, healthcare and social spaces such as parks, pubs and restaurants can create opportunities to walk, cycle or use public transport. This means that there will be immensely reduction of carbon emissions if all city structures adopts this policy. “Creating environments where every essential is within a 15-minute walk or bike ride fosters consistent physical activity. This diminishes risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle and elevates air quality,” according to Prof Carlos Moreno of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, who was not involved in the new review. According to Prof Mark Nieuwenhuijsen from the research institute ISGlobal, who led the new policy review, said: “Air pollution policies often focus on legal compliance and forget that the primary aim is to prevent disease and maintain health. They rely too much on technical solutions and miss the additional health benefits from shifting private car use to public transport, cycling and walking.” On her part ,Dr Haneen Khreis from the University of Cambridge, a co-author of a review looking at the topic: “There is a large and preventable burden of respiratory health due to current urban and transport planning. Our health and wellbeing should be the core of planning and policymaking. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/oct/20/why-health-wellbeing-should-centre-urban-planning

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  • johnte ndeto

    34 w

    And especially by dicongesting highly occupied urban areas

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    • Rotich Kim

      34 w

      City planning should consider such need not only traffic plan

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      • Esther Wanjiku

        34 w

        This is very brilliant

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        • walter lungayi

          34 w

          Encouraging active transportation options such as cycling and walking, and promoting the "15-minute city" concept can have significant health benefits for individuals and reduce the carbon footprint of cities. Therefore, policymakers and urban planners should consider these factors while making decisions related to city planning.

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          • Majdi Alnajjar

            34 w

            Education is the core component 💡

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            • walter lungayi

              34 w

              @majdi_alnajjar I strongly agree with you

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            • Sarah Chabane

              34 w

              That's very important if we want to plan our cities for the future

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              • Munene Mugambi

                34 w

                Problem is city planning does not take into account such needs and is only concerned with traffic which even that it fails to solve. I hope such matters are considered in future

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  34 w

                  @munene_mugambi this should change for the sake of us and the coming generations

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                  • Patrick Kiash

                    34 w

                    @munene_mugambi But am glad UN has a depart of city planning,I once attended their meeting in Nairobi and soon it will be mandatory to many cities around the world,some already has started to implement the idea and the framework toward the bigger picture.

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