Improvements to our physical, social, economic and cultural environment around us is the best recipe for better health. Research shows that these social determinants of health influence our health in more significant ways than genetics, lifestyle or behaviour alone.
A Complete Streets policy is one way to improve our physical environment so that all modes of travel are safe, convenient and comfortable and people can have more choice for how they get around our city.
As well as making neighbourhoods healthier, complete streets also make neighbourhoods more inclusive by leveling the playing field and improving one part of daily life for those who often face discrimination in the labour market, housing, and in broader society. For example, Aboriginals and racialized communities, female lone parents, or persons with disabilities are more likely to be transit users or pedestrians and benefit from streets that are designed for all users, not just motor vehicles.