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Health, Transportation & Mobility


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.


The Innovative DOT (2nd Edition)
Smart Growth America, January 2014

Smart Growth America has partnered with the State Smart Transportation Initiative to develop The Innovative DOT.  The handbook provides 34 recommendations to help transportation officials position their agencies for success in the new economy.  


Bicycling and Walking the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report
Alliance for Biking & Walking, January 2012

Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking.


Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans
Transform & CA Department of Public Health, 2012

The guide is a primer for California’s public health community on regional transportation plans and sustainable communities strategies from TransForm and the California Department of Public Health.


Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health
American Public Health Association & Safe Routes to School National Partnership, 2012

This 25-page document focuses on the fact that everyone travels and thus transportation planning is an ideal place to promote better health through more active transportation. 


Report reveals biking and walking rates in small towns and rural America comparable to big cities
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, January 2012

Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers: Walking & Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America, produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) with support from SRAM and Bikes Belong, reveals the surprising prevalence of walking and bicycling in rural communities across the country.


Two Complete Streets Resources for Local Leaders
Smart Growth America, 2012

Smart Growth America has released two resources for local leaders, a Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook and the Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2011.


NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists. Designs in the Guide were written by cities, for cities, with the intent to help practitioners make good decisions about urban bikeway design.


All Aboard: How California Can Increase Investments in Public Transit
Bank of America, UCLA Law and Berkeley Law, July 2011

This paper looks at current public transportation infrastructure and identifies actions that government leaders can take to ensure that California maintains and expands it’s existing public transit system.


Getting Involved in Transportation Planning: An Overview for Public Health Advocates
ChangeLab Solutions & Transform, 2011

This report makes the important link between transportation planning and health. It also describes the key players and processes of local and regional planning and the steps you can take to advocate for healthier transportation policies.


Transportation & Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier Communities & People
Partnership for Prevention & Safe Transportation Research & Education Center, 2011

The current transportation system in the U.S. was built with a focus on motor vehicles. Expanding our transportation system to include other forms of travel, such as biking, walking and public transit, will improve access to community services for vulnerable populations, increase community sustainability, improve individual health, reduce health care costs and stimulate economic growth.


Designing for Pedestrian Safety Webinar Series
Pedestrian & Bicylce Information Center, 2010

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) offered an 8-part webinar series intended to help communities address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions.


Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
CNU & ITE, March 2010

A manual for walkable urban thoroughfares jointly created by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) that was released in 2010.  The manual is designed for city officials, planners, advocates and others who want to make their streets more pedestrian- and business-friendly. 


The Transportation Prescription: A Foundation for 21st Century Transportation Policy
PolicyLink & Prevention Institute, 2009

This publication from PolicyLink and Prevention Institute provides an introduction to how transportation policies and plans influence health, both directly and indirectly and illustrates the elements of healthy, equitable transportation policy.


Creating a RoadMap for Producing & Implementing a Bicycle Master Plan
Peter Lagerwey, 2009

Recognizing that creating and implementing a bicycle master plan is not easy, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking published Creating a RoadMap for Producing & Implementing a Bicycle Master Plan.  The guide walks through the entire process step-by-step, providing a “roadmap” to creating a community’s Bicycle Master Plan.


Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations & Research
PolicyLink & Prevention Institute, 2009

PolicyLink and Prevention Institute published an edited volume with details and depth into the intersection of transportation, equity and health.  The book highlights key policy solutions and provides background on the federal surface transportation policy.  Download the book from PolicyLink on their website. 


Design for Health: Planning Information Sheets

The Design for Health Comprehensive Plan and Ordinance Series provides planners information about opportunities to address health through the planning process.  The information sheets are organized by health topic and by planning concept for ease of use by both planners and health professionals.


Great Communities Toolkit
Great Communities Collaborative

This web-based toolkit is intended to help communities that are working to develop around transit make plans that will result in neighborhoods of affordable homes, shops, accessible job centers, and community services.

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