Cambridgeshire ‘guided busway’ encouraging people to be more active on the commute

The bus might seem like a natural enemy of the vulnerable cyclist. But in Cambridgeshire, a ‘guided busway’ is in fact encouraging more cycling and helping commuters to become more active on their way to work. This is according to a new study from the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute for Health […]

National Propensity to Cycle Tool

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NPCT Stage 1

In Stage 1 of the project we have designed, developed and deployed on-line a public-facing Prototype for Three Cities (NPCT Prototype). This is now live at This has a high quality and user-friendly interface, thanks partly to user-testing sessions with Local Authority transport planners and other key stakeholders. The tool is available with open-source […]

Commuting and Health – Research and Policy Forum

This meeting was held on Wednesday 21 January 2015, 10.00am – 2.00pmPitt Building, CambridgeThe way we travel can affect our health and the health of people around us. In the Commuting and Health in Cambridge study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), researchers have been following the travel and physical activity patterns […]

High-quality traffic-free routes encourage more walking and cycling

New study finds overall physical activity is increased by proximity to routesThe provision of new, high-quality, traffic-free cycling and walking routes in local communities has encouraged more people to get about by foot and by bike, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.Two years after new routes were developed […]

Marko Tainio

Senior Research Associate (Health Impact Assessment) Email: Twitter: Telephone: (+44)-1223-746887 Address:  UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) MRC Epidemiology Unit University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science Cambridge Biomedical Campus Cambridge, CB2 0QQResearch area and background Marko Tainio studies the linkage between policies and public health […]

Physical Activity and Public Health

. Last updated April 2018Physical activity reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and the health of most people in the UK and many other countries would be improved if the population were to become more physically active.However, efforts to bring this about have met with little success to date. One […]

Public health modelling

Modelling is the simulation of a partial representation of a system. It can help us answer questions that no single empirical study can answer.Modelling enables us to estimate longer term and population wide health effects of interventions, integrate evidence from different domains, consider hypothetical ‘what if’ scenarios, and address issues of cost and cost-effectiveness. Modelling […]

Recent CEDAR Publications: active travel, greenhouse gas reduction and children’s physical activity

The following papers are a selection of recent publications by CEDAR authors Change in active travel and changes in recreational and total physical activity in adults: longitudinal findings from iConnect (International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity). OPEN ACCESS. Health co-benefits and transportation-related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area […]

Changing Commutes?

This project is part of the ESRC Secondary Data call.Analysis of Census 2011 data has shown has although cross- sectionally there is a strong correlation between cycling levels and gender (and to a less extent age) equity in cycling, increases in cycling have not been associated with improvements in gender equity and have seen a […]