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Designing healthy communities: creating evidence on metrics for built environment features associated with walkable neighbourhood activity centres

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, December 2017
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Title
Designing healthy communities: creating evidence on metrics for built environment features associated with walkable neighbourhood activity centres
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0621-9
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Lucy Dubrelle Gunn, Suzanne Mavoa, Claire Boulangé, Paula Hooper, Anne Kavanagh, Billie Giles-Corti

Abstract

Evidence-based metrics are needed to inform urban policy to create healthy walkable communities. Most active living research has developed metrics of the environment around residential addresses, ignoring other important walking locations. Therefore, this study examined: metrics for built environment features surrounding local shopping centres, (known in Melbourne, Australia as neighbourhood activity centres (NACs) which are typically anchored by a supermarket); the association between NACs and transport walking; and, policy compliance for supermarket provision. In this observational study, cluster analysis was used to categorize 534 NACs in Melbourne, Australia by their built environment features. The NACS were linked to eligible Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel Activity 2009-2010 (VISTA) survey participants (n=19,984). Adjusted multilevel logistic regressions estimated associations between each cluster typology and two outcomes of daily walking: any transport walking; and, any 'neighbourhood' transport walking. Distance between residential dwellings and closest NAC was assessed to evaluate compliance with local planning policy on supermarket locations. Metrics for 19 built environment features were estimated and three NAC clusters associated with walkability were identified. NACs with significantly higher street connectivity (mean:161, SD:20), destination diversity (mean:16, SD:0.4); and net residential density (mean:77, SD:65) were interpreted as being 'highly walkable' when compared with 'low walkable' NACs, which had lower street connectivity (mean:57, SD:15); destination diversity (mean:11, SD:3); and net residential density (mean:10, SD:3). The odds of any daily transport walking was 5.85 times higher (95% CI: 4.22, 8.11), and for any 'neighborhood' transport walking 8.66 (95% CI: 5.89, 12.72) times higher, for residents whose closest NAC was highly walkable compared with those living near low walkable NACs. Only highly walkable NACs met the policy requirement that residents live within 1km of a local supermarket. Built environment features surrounding NACs must reach certain levels to encourage walking and deliver walkable communities. Research and metrics about the type and quantity of built environment features around both walking trip origins and destinations is needed to inform urban planning policies and urban design guidelines.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 130 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 14%
Researcher 15 12%
Student > Bachelor 12 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 7%
Other 16 12%
Unknown 41 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 19 15%
Design 8 6%
Arts and Humanities 8 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 5%
Environmental Science 5 4%
Other 31 24%
Unknown 52 40%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 93. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 25 April 2020.
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#276,203
of 17,805,015 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#80
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#9,967
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Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#15
of 143 outputs
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