Urban blue spaces may have salutogenic health benefits. It is crucial to understand the factors that influence the use of urban blue spaces so that urban populations can benefit equitably. A system map of factors influencing usage was developed by qualitatively analysing 203 intercept interviews conducted with people actively using the towpath along the canal in North Glasgow, Scotland. Network analysis was used to analyse the system map’s structure identifying Exercise & Health and Urban Nature as key leverage points and Cleanliness & Maintenance as the key area for improvement. Findings could be used to inform the management, governance and revitalisation of urban blue spaces with the ultimate aim of maximising their potential to be equitable, sustainable and salutogenic.
- blue space; urban environment; public health; systems analysis, qualitative data