Along with my colleague, Dr Kirsti Sarheim Anthun (NTNU), we visited the site and collected data on both a weekend and a regular weekday. A counter was installed in the path since its opening and records the number of people visiting the path each day. Along with collecting data using iSOPARC, we conducted small interviews with some users of the park which were chosen at random. Most people who we met on the path were from the nearby areas, however we also met a family who came to visit having heard about the path from their friends. People of different ages use the path daily—we met elderly people, families with young children, persons in wheelchairs, people on bikes and also dog walkers. We came across some of them on both days we visited, indicating their daily use. Most people use the path for walking and running. Easy access, the scenic view, and accessibility for bikes and wheelchairs are important features that draw them to the path.
During the site visit, we happened to meet Ms Ingrid Aune, the Mayor of the Malvik Municipality during her regular walking meeting along the path with the Vice Mayor. We seized this opportunity to learn her insights on the development and the use of the path. The Mayor mentioned that she used the facility regularly for long walking meetings and having the facility in the vicinity was helpful to have some time outside, staying active while working. I thought the use of the path by the Mayor and Vice Mayor themselves gives an important message to the community and the world, about the value the municipality gives to the voices and health needs of the people and the importance of having accessible open spaces for all people for increased physical activity.
Malvik Path is a very good example of a public health intervention, an outcome of inter-sectoral collaboration engaging the community and aiming for the Triple-Win. The INHERIT consortium is playing a key role in terms of a mixed-methods evaluation of the path, and this work will ensure a firmer knowledge base on best practices when it comes to the development of green spaces and policy endeavours for ensuring healthier, sustainable and equitable future for European and global citizens.
Learn more about Malvik Path as a selected INHERIT triple-win case study.