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Active travel: Its fall and rise

Davis, Adrian; Parkin, John

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Adrian Davis

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John Parkin
Professor in Transport Engineering


Hugh Barton

Susan Thompson

Sarah Burgess

Marcus Grant


Transport, by definition, involves movement; and different methods of movement require different levels of physical activity on the part of the traveller. The intensity of activity may also vary, for example depending on the speed of cycling. A useful definition of ‘physically active transport’ would be one where some outcome from the physically active nature of the transport is manifest. We introduce issues connected with travel decision making behaviour. We follow this with a review of cultural issues which imbues transport, and also note trends in transport behaviour which are currently emerging in developed economies. We go on to explore the relationship between transport, health and the environment and then consider the nature of evidence and contentions around evidenced based policy. Finally, we draw the chapter together to provide an holistic understanding of transport and health.


Davis, A., & Parkin, J. (2015). Active travel: Its fall and rise. In H. Barton, S. Thompson, S. Burgess, & M. Grant (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being (108-120). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge

Publication Date Jun 12, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 8, 2015
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 108-120
Series Title Routledge Handbooks
Book Title The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being
ISBN 9781138023307
Keywords active travel, planning, health, well-being
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being on 12 June 2015, available online:


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