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Design For Health

Transportation is important in numerous aspects of health from allowing active transportation options to enabling access to medical services.

Fact Sheets and Posters:

  • Active Living Research Briefs
    In this fast moving research area, these documents provide an overview of older research and public health recommendations on active living and activity-friendly environments.

Reports and Guidelines

  • Georgia Department of Transportation. Pedestrian and Streetscape Design Guide.
    This guide provides guidance regarding the design, construction, and maintenance of pedestrian and streetscape facilities. It provides technical recommendations on things like sidewalk width, trail composition, etc.

Web sites

  • American Public Health Association
    The APHA web site contains an informative section on transportation, health, and equity. This includes articles from the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Transportation Research Board Health and Transportation Subcommittee
    This subcommittee is active at the annual conferences of the TRB and has a newsletter. Its Resources and links section has useful pages on organizations, conferences, and web sites.
  • Context Sensitive Solutions.org
    This is an excellent site with very useful case studies about implementing more holistic forms of transportation planning. While not directly about health, many of the strategies are relevant.
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Bicycle Facilities
    This tool provides planners, policy officials, and decision makers with a consistent framework to guide decisions about whether to build a new bicycle facility by estimating costs, the demand in terms of new cyclists, and measured economic benefits (e.g., time savings, increased livability, decreased health costs, a more enjoyable ride). The research underlying the guidelines and tool itself were developed at the University of Minnesota (Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Civil Engineering), in collaboration with Planners’ Collaborative consulting firm, and the University of North Carolina- National Highway Safety Research Center.

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