A review on the effects of physical built environment attributes on enhancing walking and cycling activity levels within residential neighborhoods

Y. Wang, Chi Kwan Chau, W. Y. Ng, T. M. Leung

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The growing worldwide awareness of the significant impacts of physical activities on physical and physiological health has aroused great interest in the role of the physical built environment plays in walking and cycling activities. This comprehensive review shows how specific details of the built environment enhance people's walking and cycling. This was accomplished through identifying the barriers to walking and cycling activities as well as the general and specific characteristics of the major physical built environment attributes within a residential neighborhood that can help overcome these barriers and enhance the walking and cycling activity levels. Also the effectiveness of some individual attributes was also compared. Of particular value of this study is that its structure and level of details of information laid out in this review can facilitate building designers and neighborhood planners in creating a supportive environment within residential neighborhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Barriers
  • Neighborhood design
  • Physical activity
  • Walking and cycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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