Car use has negative impacts on public health through road traffic accidents, air pollution and physical inactivity. The car’s contribution to the first two of these problems is relatively well recognised and understood, but inactivity is less well understood.
Getting people to walk, cycle and make greater use of public transport therefore has benefits for health. But how do we make it happen? What do we know from the scientific literature about what happens when we change the places where we live in order to influence our choices about how to travel?