More than half of Sheffield people fail to take part in the recommended level of exercise, a survey of residents has revealed.
The research – carried out as part of a report by the Royal Institute of Royal Architects which was released today – found that 64 per cent of those surveyed did not undertake 2.5 hours of physical activity a week.
Residents said the safer design of pathways, as well as more attractive streets, pathways, public parks and green spaces would encourage them to stride out more often.
The report – which highlights a link between land use and public health in English cities – said ‘safer street design should be considered an urban design and planning priority for Sheffield’s local authorities’.
But the survey also found 11.05 per cent of people in Sheffield did take part in moderate exercise – more than the national average and second only to Leeds out of the nine most populated cities in the country.
Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “Sheffield is proud of being one of the greenest cities in Europe with a wide range of high quality parks and green space inside the city and wonderful countryside on our doorstep.
“This provides great opportunities for walking and recreation and in addition the Streets Ahead investment programme will upgrade our pavements and streetlights helping encourage walking for transportation.
“We are one of the highest ranked cities in the Sport England Active People survey but helping people in Sheffield to move more is a key priority for the city and I hope that this report will encourage people to reflect on their physical activity level and seek to increase it.”