Is it Safe to Walk? Neighborhood Safety and Security Conditions and Their Effects on Walking

Journal of Planning Literature

"The importance of walking and physical activity as determinants of good health has been well established in the medical and public health literature, but a significant number of Americans live sedentary lifestyles. A plethora of variables lie behind an individual's decision to walk, cycle, or exercise. This article focuses on a particular environmental variable, the safety of neighborhood surroundings, and explores how it is influencing physical activity. It integrates literatures from public health, criminology, and planning to identify, qualify, and evaluate the link between safety and security considerations and physical activity. It then proceeds to place safety and security concerns within a spatial context and to examine design and policy interventions that can help create environments more amenable to walking."

Filed in: Community Problems and Solutions, Health, Plans and Policies, Crashes and Safety

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