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SSUD11-108: Walkable and Bikeable: Healthy Lifestyle Cities


Some of the world’s most desirable cities and urban quarters are known for being walkable and bike-friendly.  The reputations of cities such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam and central Melbourne are based on decades of efforts to improve conditions for walking and cycling.   In a world where obesity rates are skyrocketing, incidental physical activity through active transportation can help to reduce the health impacts of air pollution, congestion and social isolation, while at the same time benefitting economic vitality, lifestyle and community development.  This subject examines exemplars in the literature as well as exploring these ideas on the ground through experiential one-day and half-day field trips in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the concept of active transport and its relevance to the vitality of cities and their citizens 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between urban form and the opportunity for active transport 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the pattern of urban development and public health opportunities 4. Assess the walkability and bikeability of urban areas using audit tools comprising both observation and experience

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