Making better streets for people with Healthy Streets Design Check
We know that people are more likely to walk, wheel or cycle if the environment around them feels safe, healthy, and enjoyable.
That's why we've worked with Lucy Saunders of Healthy Streets, and a number of local authorities, to develop the Healthy Streets Design Check tool.
The Healthy Streets Design Check tool was developed with input and feedback from designers, engineers, policy makers and public health specialists.
Sustrans provided specialist input on designing for cycling.
It's the first tool of its kind to be developed outside of London and can be applied to a design on any street across England.
The Healthy Streets Approach is a human-centred framework for embedding public health in transport, public realm and planning.
The Healthy Streets Design Check tool is used to score the health of existing streets against the 10 Healthy Streets Indicators and then measure how different design interventions can improve them for the health of the population.
Being able to quantify how design features may improve any potential street is really valuable.
And, the tool goes further: it also allows us to identify Healthy Streets Indicators that haven’t been improved by a design, so providing an opportunity to make further enhancements.
Our team of designers use the Healthy Streets Design Check tool to check the design work we produce for local authorities through our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) support programme.
Funded by the Department for Transport, we provide support to local authorities, helping them develop a pipeline of walking and cycling schemes from their LCWIPs. We produce outline designs, visualisations and outline business cases for those schemes.
We’re piloting the Healthy Streets Design Check Tool on over 30 schemes, from Cornwall to Cumbria.
This means that the schemes we design will not only comply with the latest government design guidance (Local Transport Note 1/20). They will also make further improvements to tackle public health.
The Healthy Streets Design Check tool allows us to address the whole street environment by making small changes to overall design projects, rather than focusing only on the specific piece of infrastructure we’re designing.
Some of the changes that can make a big difference include:
Want to find out more about how we can help your team? Email your Sustrans’ regional or national team