Air pollution v active travel

Wednesday 9th May - 09:50-10:20

Air pollution is often cited as a reason for not walking or cycling, but how we turn this problem into an opportunity to promote better health? This session will explore the evidence which supports activity in polluted cities, whilst exploring strategies for active travel and urban design solutions to support more walking and cycling – improving health through increased physical activity and reducing emissions.

Chair:
Dr Marko Tainio, Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge

Day 1: 09:50-10:20 Evidence

Marko Tainio is Senior Research Associate in the University of Cambridge, studying the linkage between policy and public health using Health Impact Assessment (HIA) modelling methods. In recent years his research has focused on active transport (walking, cycling) and how increases in cycling and walking will impact health when physical activity, air pollution and injury risks are combined. This research has included further development of the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling Tool (ITHIM), developed originally by Dr James Woodcock.

Recently he has focused more detailed on the interaction of air pollution and physical activity, following HIA study published in Preventive Medicine journal in 2016.

Before joining University of Cambridge, he worked in Polish Academy of Sciences and National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland.


Speaker:
Dr Marko Tainio, Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge

Speaker:
Audrey De Nazelle, Lecturer at Imperial College London