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Traditional Neighborhoods vs. Suburbs Residents in high walkable traditional neighborhoods report on average 2 more walking trips/week than those in low.

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1 Traditional Neighborhoods vs. Suburbs Residents in high walkable traditional neighborhoods report on average 2 more walking trips/week than those in low walkable suburban neighborhoods A 150 pound person in a walkable commuity could lose 0.85 to 1.75 pounds in one year, which approximates the average weight gain in the US

2 Perceptual Qualities of Place: Delightful Density Human Scale Human Scale Linkage Linkage Definition/Visual Enclosure Definition/Visual Enclosure Complexity/Intricacy Complexity/Intricacy Coherence/Order Coherence/Order Transparency Transparency Sense of Place/Identity Sense of Place/Identity Perceived Safety Perceived Safety

3 Lowly, unpurposeful and mundane as they appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a citys wealth of public life may grow. Jane Jacobs, The Death & Life of Great American Cities There is much more to walking than walking. Jan Gehl, New City Spaces Improving Social Connectedness and Quality of Life

4 School Siting:Considering the Health Impacts Walkable schools are an important outlet for daily physical activity Walkable schools are an important outlet for daily physical activity Schools as anchors of communities Schools as anchors of communities Health has not been a major factor in school location decisions/policies Health has not been a major factor in school location decisions/policies

5 Activity-Friendly Buildings: Which aspects of design matter? Destination points (food service, copy and conference rooms) -- how far will we walk? Destination points (food service, copy and conference rooms) -- how far will we walk? Building layout and way finding -- what features create movement and interaction? Building layout and way finding -- what features create movement and interaction? Fitness centers and corporate culture (walking/standing meetings, management acceptance of movement) Fitness centers and corporate culture (walking/standing meetings, management acceptance of movement) Karen Lalli, 2001

6 Living Buildings Best practices in site selection, site design and building design for public facilities Identify/study model sites (before-after studies) Develop a business case for activity-friendly design elements, such as using stairs for exercise Adidas Village, Portland, Oregon

7 Interior Building Design Also Matters Spending even 2 more minutes a day going upstairs could burn an extra 5800 calories/year or 1.6 lbs.

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