The 10 principles of Active Design
The 10 principles have been developed to inspire and inform the layout of cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and open spaces, to promote sport and active lifestyles. Below is a brief overview of these 10 principles:
1. Activity for all neighbourhoods
Enabling those who want to be active, whilst encouraging those who are inactive to become active.
2. Walkable communities
Creating the conditions for active travel between all locations.
3. Connected walking and cycling routes
Prioritising active travel through safe, integrated walking and cycling routes.
4. Co-location of community facilities
Creating multiple reasons to visit a destination, minimising the number and length of trips and increasing the awareness and convenience of opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
5. Network of multifunctional open space
Providing multifunctional spaces opens up opportunities for sport and physical activity and has numerous wider benefits.
6. High quality streets and spaces
Well designed streets and spaces support and sustain a broader variety of users and community activities.
7. Appropriate infrastructure
Providing and facilitating access to facilities and other infrastructure to enable all members of society to take part in sport and physical activity.
8. Active buildings
Providing opportunities for activity inside and around buildings.
9. Management, maintenance, monitoring & evaluation
A high standard of management, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation is essential to ensure the long-term desired functionality of all spaces.
10. Activity promotion & local champions
Physical measures need to be matched by community and stakeholder ambition, leadership and engagement.