Recent Blog Entries: Walking
Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!
Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.
Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).
Thousands of people take to these streets playing traditional games, skating and running, meeting neighbours and making new connections.
Cyclists and pedestrians have been literally squeezed out. Crossing the road has become a high risk sport, not for the faint of heart. Do the Vietnamese notice this loss of their own public spaces? I am not sure; climbing out of poverty is probably more pressing.
The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.
Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.
It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.
If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!