NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators


7b: Built/natural environments and active travel infrastructure.

Logic models had already been developed NHS Health Scotland and Greenspace to support outcome-focused approaches for physical activity.

Health Scotland physical activity models

Greenspace Physical Activity outcome-foussed approaches


Related actions from Route Map action plan– energy expenditure (2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7)

Encouraging Regional Transport Partnerships to work towards conducting integrated impact assessments on all Regional Transport Strategies.

Applying robustly, in development plans and development management decisions, the priority order for personal travel opportunities (walking, cycling, then public transport, followed by the car and other means of motorised vehicles) as set out in Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).

Continuing to provide support to Sustrans to maintain and extend the National Cycle Network and provide safe routes to schools for children who wish to cycle or walk to school and to Cycling Scotland to promote cycling more generally.

Expanding safe cycling and pedestrian routes to link key community destinations including public transport hubs, hospitals, supermarkets and centres of employment

Related actions from Route Map action plan – energy expenditure (2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.14)

Open spaces and built environments
Using the opportunity afforded by the National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (NPF2), which specifically seeks to 'promote development which helps to improve health, regenerate communities and enable disadvantaged communities to access opportunities', to ensure that policies in development plans have a positive impact on active living and healthy weight

Implementing the lessons learned from pilots such as the Equally Well Test Site in Glasgow about ways community partners can work effectively together to integrate health improvement into city planning

Ensuring that the placemaking provisions of Scottish Planning Policy, in particular those in 'Designing Places', 'Designing Streets' and the provisions for open space and physical activity from the SPP are put into practice through ongoing training, promotion and dissemination

Encouraging excellence and innovation in designing communities that incorporate a range of features that reduce care dependency, increase active travel and create attractive, accessible open spaces for recreation through the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative.  The sharing of this innovation and practice will help improve the quality of Scotland's built environment

Working with Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) to investigate the potential to improve standard practice in the design of new and refurbished buildings on issues such as:
(i) safe direct access by pedestrians and cyclists;
(ii) sufficient secure storage for bicycles;
(iii) facilities for cyclists to shower and change; and
(iv) stairs which are at least as accessible as lifts.

Supporting the creation and maintenance of safe, attractive and accessible greenspace, including green transport corridors, close to where people live
Providing and maintaining physical environments in every community that promote healthy lifestyles for children including opportunities for play, physical activity and healthy eating

Clearing up environmental dereliction such as poor lighting, vacant sites and animal faeces that discourage people from walking in their local neighbourhoods

Make our communities safer and stronger and reduce the fear of crime through the Safer Streets Programme and the Safer Communities Programme so that more people feel comfortable and secure being active outdoors in their neighbourhoods

Related actions from Route Map action plan– early years (3.1)
Promoting positive environments for children and families through all our planning, regeneration and transport policies