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With a focus on pedestrians, this study examines the design elements conducive to a walkable and active sidewalk environment.
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* NYC Departments of City Planning, Health and Mental Hygiene, and Design and Construction. Active Design Supplement: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience, 2013

Today, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are second only to tobacco as the main causes of premature death in the United States. A growing body of research suggests that evidence-based architectural and urban design strategies can encourage regular physical activity and healthy eating. Active Design Guidelines provides architects and urban designers with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field. Active Design Guidelines includes:

Urban design strategies for creating neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation and recreation.

Building design strategies for promoting active lifestyles through the placement and design of stairs, elevators, and indoor and outdoor spaces.

Discussion of synergies between active design and sustainable design initiatives such as LEED and PlaNYC.

Active Design Guidelines was developed by a partnership of the New York City departments of Design and Construction, Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation, City Planning, and Office of Management and Budget, working with leading architectural and planning academics, and with help from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. Other City agencies that have contributed to the Guidelines includes the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Department of Buildings, Department of Parks and Recreation, School Construction Authority, Housing Preservation and Development, and the Department for the Aging.  
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