Journal Article

Health impact assessment of the 2012 London Olympic transport plans

Mark McCarthy, Robert J. Ravelli and Mike Sinclair-Williams

in The European Journal of Public Health

Published on behalf of European Journal of Public Health

Volume 20, issue 6, pages 619-624
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 1101-1262
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1464-360X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckp154
Health impact assessment of the 2012 London Olympic transport plans

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Background: Transport is a structural determinant of health. We have assessed the potential of transport plans for the 2012 London Olympic Games to achieve the sustainability commitment of ‘encouraging healthy living’. Methods: We compared national and London-wide policies against developments described in the Transport Assessment, a public planning document, for the period of the Games and the aftermath legacy. Results: National and London policies recommend modal shift in travel—more walking and cycling for health benefits, and fewer motor vehicles journeys to reduce harm and risks. For the Games, most spectators will use public transport, with low pollution and injury impacts and some are predicted to attend by cycling or walking. Redevelopment of the Olympics site after the Games will provide green areas for cycling and walking and better public transport, but road traffic is predicted to increase and noise and air pollution will persist above recommended levels. Conclusions: Transport planning for the London Olympic Games is contributing to sustainability. The impact on population health should be measured prospectively.

Keywords: cycling; Health Impact Assessment; Olympic; transport; walking

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Economics of Health ; Health, Illness, and Medicine

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