This project is now inactive. Publications developed under this project are archived here.
Built Environment includes the ensemble of buildings, transportation systems, parks, schools, food markets, etc., that can have a positive or negative effect on health (chronic illnesses, mental health, respiratory illnesses, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, among others) insofar as it is tied to many of the social determinants of health (air quality, noise exposure, modes and speed of travel, injecting drugs in public, access to healthy food, etc.).
Public policies that inform the built environment and its determinants are many and diverse: housing policies, traffic policies, urban or regional planning policies and so on.
Within this project, our work mainly focused on interventions targeting the configuration of streets and public roadway
networks. This included documentation on:
- Innovative municipal norms that can promote safe active transportation;
- The effects of traffic calming approaches and interventions on health.
We have also conducted work on various issues linked to the built environment, on the actors involved, and on the associated obstacles and levers.
Innovative Municipal Norms Conducive to Safe Active Transportation: Introduction to a Series of Briefing Notes
Through Road/Main Street Interventions: Towards a More Balanced Coexistence Between Road Traffic and Life in Small Municipalities
Issues, actors, obstacles and levers