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Cleaner streets encouraging Redbridge residents to walk outside

PUBLISHED: 11:57 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 29 August 2017

A study found improving the ascetics of an area can encourage people to go outside. Picture: Loughborough University

A study found improving the ascetics of an area can encourage people to go outside. Picture: Loughborough University

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A four year project to boost low-levels of physical activity in Redbridge found that improving footpaths, clearing overgrown vegetation and increasing street cleanliness encouraged residents to walk more.

Researchers from Loughborough University worked with the charity Living Streets and 12 local authorities across England to find ways to improve street environments and promote everyday walking.

The scheme focussed on less affluent areas of the country where physical activity was reportedly low.

Emma Adams, senior research associate at Loughborough said: “By studying we can learn more about what is required to deliver physical activity interventions in real world settings and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from research into practice and policy.”

The project included community groups who worked with Redbridge Council and coordinators to make environmental improvements and promote awareness of walking.

Residents armed with bulbs and bin bags organised litter picking and flower planting in the borough.

In conjunction with this, promotional activities such as led walks were held and maps were distributed with route ideas.

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