FOJAB launches movement tools together with the Swedish Sports Confederation

Today sees the launch of the first version of Rörelsefaktor - a tool that will make it easier to integrate sport and movement into the urban environment and community planning. Rörelsefaktor was created by FOJAB and the Swedish Sports Confederation, and the tool will be used in several pilot projects right from the start.

Research and surveys show that physical activity among the population is declining among both adults and children. Areas for sport and movement are of great importance for more people to have the opportunity to be active, and are an important factor for improved public health. The aim of the work has been to better integrate physical activity into community planning.

- With the help of the tool, we can clarify the factors in the built environment that affect physical activity and provide an overall picture for all different types of movement. A common framework like this also facilitates collaboration between different roles and actors, which is key to achieving a good result," says Emma Pihl, initiator of the Movement Factor and architect at FOJAB.

The movement factor can be used at different scales in planning and construction, from the general to the detailed. For many other issues in urban planning, there are rules or guidelines to relate to, but there is nothing similar for movement. By presenting the Movement Factor, sport and movement can play a stronger and clearer role in the development of cities and communities.

- With the right location, content and design, these spaces and functions contribute to better public health and to social life and community in cities. There is great potential in letting sport and movement play a more important role in the design of cities," says Åsa Samuelsson, who is also the initiator of the Movement Factor and an architect at FOJAB.

Municipalities from all over the country, the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, construction companies and many other stakeholders have contributed expert knowledge during the process.

- "We are pleased that so many people have contributed their experiences to the Movement Factor and that so many have been positive. It shows that there is a need to work with sport and movement in urban planning and that a tool has been lacking so far," says Jonnie Nordensky, the Swedish Sports Confederation.

Rörelsefaktor is now available for download on the Swedish Sports Confederation's website, while the tool will begin to be used in live mode. The Swedish Sports Confederation and FOJAB, together with Karlshamn, will be the first to test the tool to make physical activity issues visible in community planning.

You can find and download the Movement Factor tool here.