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How walkable streets boost the economy

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Economic impacts, house prices, London, retail, shopping, streets, TfL, urban design, urban walkability, walkability

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If you think about your favourite streets, the ones where you like to hang out and meet up with friends: the chances are that these types of street are walkable.  Well it turns out that walkable streets are not only fun and exciting places to be, they are also incredibly profitable.

Research commissioned by the TfL Urban Design team has found that making a street more walkable can add up to £30,000 to the average property price in that street.  In one case study, they found that over £9.5million had been added to local property prices by improving a street with:

  • widened pavements;

  • extra trees;

  • improved lighting;

  • new wayfindings signs.

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Getting our Obes-Cities walking again

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in behaviour change, Economic impacts, London, New York, Obesity, Physical Activity, Public Health, urban walkability

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A healthy city is a walking city. Western cities in Britain and the US are haemorrhaging cash because of a lack of physical activity. Our automated lives have led to an obesity crisis which is costing us billions of pounds a year in health care costs. For instance the estimated cost of physical inactivity and obesity in England is over £10 billion a year (that’s 10% of the entire NHS budget!).

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Making the sidewalk into a catwalk: Urban Umbrella’s to replace scaffolding in New York

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in footways, pedestrians, sidewalks, streets, urban design, walkability

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Walking can and should be cool. If you don’t agree, then argue with the Cool Kids, who once said “If I catwalk this sidewalk, I can fly this”.  If that lyric means anything, and I’m not sure if it does, it means that walking is the coolest form of transport.  But part of making walking more fashionable, is about creating street environments where we feel cool.

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Legible London is a seriously funky wayfinding system, but does it get more people walking?

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in behaviour change, Legible London, London, mapping, pedestrians, signage, TfL, urban walkability, wayfinding

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If you’ve walked through Covent Garden, Southbank or Oxford Street recently, the chances are you will have stumbled across the funky new Legible London pedestrian signs installed by TfL.  These sleek, stylish ‘monoliths’ have been sprouting up all over the capital during the last year.

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