The health of our future cities and the people living in them depends on cracking open all the vested interests and silos that became engrained during the 20th century post-war age. This was one of the dominant threads to come to the fore during a panel debate to launch the new Healthy City Design International Congress in London this October.
Cities are now the dominant habitat for humankind. For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural communities.
Quito, Ecuador was the setting for the United Nations’ Habitat III conference on housing and sustainable urban development, which took place in October and resulted in the official adoption of the New Urban Agenda.
Leaders from governments and United Nations organisations, heads of city authorities, and health experts from around the world have promised to promote public health and eradicate poverty through the signing of two landmark commitments.
Cycling could play a significant role in promoting health and wellbeing among the older population, but the UK is lagging behind other European countries and urgently needs to rethink its infrastructure to support age mobility.