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.
Key words: bicycle and pedestrian master plans,
transit-oriented development, complete streets, safe routes to
school, connectivity, trail plans, design standards, traffic
safety, sidewalk improvements, traffic calming, street trees,
capital and public works, transportation planners
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.