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Built environments can promote healthier lifestyles

By Brett Pilgrim

Residents of property in Adelaide have likely long been aware of what an accessible city the South Australian capital is to live in. There's a multitude of cycle ways and pedestrian areas encouraging people to get out and about without their cars.

This lifestyle has been endorsed by the Heart Foundation, with new research showing that built environments can have a positive impact on a community's well being. 

The report, titled Blueprint for an Active Australia, outlined the ingredients needed to create liveable and healthy cities. The blueprint highlights 13 keys areas where state and local government can promote physical activity, and puts a particularly big emphasis on infrastructure and the quality of public transport as being beneficial to residents' health. 

Fortunately for those living in Adelaide, the city has been making impressive strides towards this goal. It has opportunities a plenty to ride, walk or use public transport to get from place to place. The wide, flat terrain can be ideal for cycling, and many of the major streets that run through the city come complete with bike lanes.

The council also has a dedicated strategy to increase the number of people who walk and ride in the city. The Bikeways Network crisscrosses Adelaide's heart, with a plethora of projects currently underway. Some of these include the Frome bikeway, as well as the Compton Street, Russell Street and Owen Street cross-city cycle link. 

What's more, Adelaide city council and Bike SA have been offering residents and visitors the use of free bikes since 2005, a unique programme offered no where else in Australia. 

With congestion and urban sprawl becoming a talking point for all cities, the council's plans are a breath of fresh air and could cement Adelaide as one of Australia's most liveable cities – something that those looking to buy real estate in Adelaide can surely take comfort from. 

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