HEAT - assessing health benefits of walking and cycling

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 31 Jul 2015

The Health Economic Assessment Tool, or HEAT, can be used when planning new infrastructure for cyclists or pedestrians, and provides valuable information for related economic and health impact assessments.

The tool can also help make the case for more investment in cycling and walking facilities by estimating the benefits of achieving national targets or illustrating potential consequences of declines in current levels of cycling or walking. HEAT can also assess a city’s current situation or past investment related to cycling and walking.

HEAT is aimed at professionals at both national and local levels: transport planners, traffic engineers and special interest groups working on transport, walking, cycling or the environment, as well as health economists, physical activity experts and health promotion experts. An updated version of the tool for 2014 has been released, incorporating the latest scientific evidence and additional features and fixes.

The HEAT tool is a web-based tool. To access the tool, visit the HEAT website.

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