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News analysis: Physical activity and place

Words: Laura Edgar
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“We have got it all wrong.” That’s what Dr William Bird, CEO and founder of Intelligent Health, told attendees at the annual RTPI and Transport Planning Society (TPS) conference – ‘Spatial planning and sustainable travel’.

Connecting people with place, connecting people with each other and giving people autonomy and purpose is what we have wrong.Instead, “we have got loneliness, which has the same risk factor as smoking”. A disconnect between place and people, with people not wanting to be outside amongst noisy traffic or in a hostile environment where they feel unsafe, Bird explained. “So........
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