Healthy neighborhoods offer bikeable, walkable or transit-oriented transportation systems that are safe, provide appropriate travel options, are easily accessed, and are feasible for all populations and all trips.
Local leaders can provide opportunities for physical activity in daily life by designing transportation systems to accommodate and encourage walking and bicycling for travel to work, school and other daily destinations.
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Transportation planning and design decisions influence the rates of chronic disease, obesity, and the incidence of asthma. Communities working to improve health can locate transit near housing to reduce vehicle trips and improve residents’ access to social, medical, employment and recreational activities. Increasing access to bike and walkways can reduce traffic congestion and emissions that contribute to climate change, asthma and exposure to cancer-causing pollutants.
Creating transportation systems that support the mobility of all residents and offer a balanced menu of transit options is a critical component of healthy neighborhoods. Access guides, reports, tools and organizations to support your efforts.
Access case stories that highlight examples of communities incorporating health considerations into transportation and mobility planning. Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can help others consider options to adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.