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Do green spaces boost exercise? Inquiring mind wants to know

If the streets of Allston and Brighton ever get more pedestrian- or bicycle-friendly, that could affect whether residents get more exercise as part of their daily routines -- at least that's what one researcher is trying to find out.

Tamara Daly, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, as well as a registered nurse and master's degree candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health, hopes to measure any change in residents' overall health because of streetscape improvements.

Toward that end, she is conducting a survey that asks Allston-Brighton residents about their use of, and attitudes toward, recreational facilities in the area.

Daly said she intends to take surveys before and after various improvements are made, and will compare the results.

Daly is working with the Allston-Brighton Green Space Advocates, which has developed a "green space master plan" for the neighborhoods. The plan features so-called green corridors, consisting of streets that link parks, safe paths to the Charles River, wider sidewalks, connected bike paths, and other improvements.

The survey, which can be taken anonymously, is available to all Allston and Brighton residents online at allstonbrightoncdc.org.

ANDREAE DOWNS

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