Resources to Support Your Efforts 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.