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Recent empirical research has confirmed the importance of green infrastructure and outdoor recreation to urban people’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, only a few studies provide cross-city analyses. We analyse outdoor recreation behaviour across four Nordic cities ranging from metropolitan areas to a middle-sized city. We collected map-based survey data from residents (n = 469–4992) in spring 2020 and spatially analyse green infrastructure near mapped outdoor recreation sites and respondents’ places of residence. Our statistical examination reveals how the interplay among access to green infrastructure across cities and at respondents’ residential location, together with respondents’ socio-demographic profiles and lockdown policies or pandemic restrictions, affects outdoor recreation behaviour. The results highlight that for pandemic resilience, the history of Nordic spatial planning is important. To support well-being in exceptional situations as well as in the long term, green infrastructure planning should prioritise nature wedges in and close to cities and support small-scale green infrastructure.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||npj Urban Sustainability|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Oct 2022|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
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NORDGREEN: Smart Planning for Healthy and Green Nordic Cities
Kyttä, M., Kajosaari, A. & Rossi, S.
01/01/2020 → 29/12/2023
Project: Other external funding: Other foreign funding
PLAN-H: Health promoting urban environment PLAN-H
Kyttä, M., Hasanzadeh, K., Kajosaari, A., Rinne, T., Haybatollahi, M., Ketonen, C., Moll, V. & Ramezani, S.
01/09/2016 → 31/08/2020
Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding