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For example, a school or housing project in the early stage of development could be linked to a walking or cycling trail. Add cycling lanes when roads are slated for repair. Finding opportunities in current projects can provide quick success without requiring extensive new resources. Partner with other sectors: team up with voluntary and professional partners in sport, active living, health and education to get the most out of spending on active living initiatives. Partner with the private sector as sponsors of special events and ongoing programmes and in contributing to projects such as developing trails, building playground structures and regenerating neighbourhoods.

This approach is particularly useful if there are concerns about obesity in the population. 29 30 A healthy city is an active city: a physical activity planning guide Set priorities for intervention options in the built environment Design elements in the built environment, such as street layout, land use, the transport system and the location of recreation facilities, parks and public buildings, are components of a community that can either encourage or discourage active living. People are more active when they can easily access destinations such as parks, workplaces and shops.

5–10 It needs a great deal of work. Source: adapted from Walkability checklist (30). 49 50 A healthy city is an active city: a physical activity planning guide Tool 4. How cycling-friendly is your city? Take a bicycle ride in your community and then answer each question. Circle an overall rating for each question and note any problems you encountered by checking the appropriate box(es). Make a careful note of any specific locations that need improvement. Add up the numbers to see how you rated your ride.

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