Cycling and walking makes healthier NZ cities

A ground-breaking study of New Zealand’s six largest cities has drawn links between high rates of cycling and walking and their residents’ health.

Researchers at NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities focused on rates of cycling and walking and key health indicators in the cities. They found that cities with higher levels of cycling and walking tended to have better overall population health, with higher levels of physical activity and lower levels of harm to health from inactivity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Read the report: Benchmarking cycling and walking in six New Zealand cities

Caroline Shaw, Marie Russell, Cycling and walking in six NZ cities: Where are we at?, Public Health Expert blog, 25 Aug 2016

Jamie Morton, Walking, cycling makes for healthier cities around New Zealand, NZ Herald, 25 Aug

Cycling and walking in NZ cities, University of Otago press release, 25 Aug

Caroline Shaw presents results from the study: