From the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) the question came
what the influence is of the spatial planning on cycling and health. Do municipalities with a bicycle friendly spatial planning have healthier inhabitants than the ones without? For my internship for the Master Management, Policy-Analysis and Entrepreneurship in
Health and Life Science (MPA) at the Vrije University (VU) I have tried to find an answer
to this question. The following problem definition is therefore defined: In this research project there will be identified whether there is a relation between spatial planning and health, through identifying whether there is a relation between spatial planning and bicycle use and whether there is a relation between bicycle use and health by comparing Houten and Leidsche Rijn. These districts are chosen because their spatial planning is different. Houten does have a more bicycle friendly spatial planning compared to Leidsche Rijn. This report is primarily intended for PBL; who has offered me this project. Besides, any other individual who are professional or otherwise interested in spatial planning, bicycle use and health might also find this report interesting.