APHA on Active Transportation: Recommended Reading

Oct 16, 2012, 11:15 AM

Promoting Active Transportation from APHA Photo courtesy of APHA

The American Public Health Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have joined together to create an active transportation primer, Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health

The goal of the primer is to provide public health practitioners with critical background information on the value of active transportation, such as walking, bike riding, jogging and running to help reduce obesity, transportation expenses and the environmental impact of cars and buses in communities. The primer authors say educating public health leaders about active transportation can affect how transportation is built in communities, regions and states, and engage stakeholders to find effective calls for action.

New federal transportation legislation became effective this month and includes opportunities for public health practitioners to take active roles in moving active transportation forward in their communities including:

  • Safe bicycling routes
  • Improved sidewalks
  • Multi-use pathways

>>Read the primer and an overview from APHA’s Public Health Newswire.

>>Bonus Links: Check out a Q&A with Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Also read a NewPublicHealth interview with Michelle Windmoeller, assistant director of the PedNet Coalition, which promotes active transportation in communities. 

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.