FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 28, 2017
[HALIFAX/K’JIPUKTUK] – Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) - Public Health, Central Zone released the report Establishing a Baseline: Active Transportation and Health Indicators in the Halifax Region. The goal of the report is to provide a baseline of data about walking, cycling, and transit use in Halifax Regional Municipality and how that is linked to trends in public health.
“With only 8 per cent of children/youth, and 18 per cent of adults nationally meeting the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (Statistics Canada, Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2017), creating safe and convenient opportunities for people to engage in active transportation is part of the solution as it incorporates physical activity into people’s daily routine. We need to design our cities to make the healthy choice the easy choice” comments Amber Walker, Healthy Built Environment Coordinator with Public Health.
As a member of the advisory committee for this project, the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) commends Public Health for their work and is excited to see this report go public.
“We’ve been trying to grow the number of people walking and cycling in HRM but we’ve been starved for evidence to guide strategic investment,” said Eliza Jackson, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “Establishing a Baseline” brings us one step closer to making more data-driven decisions about how we provide better access to walking, cycling, and transit in HRM.”
Establishing a Baseline is the first effort of its kind in the Halifax region to gather and synthesize data related to active transportation use in the municipality. To build on this work, the group has identified a number of future areas of research, including evaluating how to better incorporate equity into the transportation planning process.
“Now that we know more about how many people are using active transportation, we need to dig into who is using those forms of transportation” adds Jackson. “Walking and cycling are crucial components of an accessible, affordable, equitable transportation system. We need to ensure that all residents of HRM have access to safe, comfortable, and convenient walking and cycling connections throughout the region.”
The full Establishing a Baseline report is available at: https://www.dal.ca/dept/hpi/community-reports.html
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