Integrating public health into federal transportation policy

Transportation policy and planning have a profound impact on whether it is possible for Americans to integrate routine physical activity into their daily lives. Since 1950, transportation funding and infrastructure has focused almost exclusively on moving automobiles resulting in busy, high-speed arteries with limited transit choice and poor pedestrian infrastructure. Decades of auto-centered development have contributed to increased sedentary behavior by creating neighborhoods without sidewalks, destinations too far for walking, and traffic that is hazardous for nonmotorized transport. Current transportation decision making does not consider health impacts. This project is designed to educate the transportation community on the links between transportation choices and community health outcomes, and develop tools for incorporating health into transportation planning and policy. The project will document public interest in nonmotorized transport; examine the relationships between pedestrian-oriented infrastructures, transportation spending, and personal mobility; and create a model for transportation and public health planning. The project will be considered successful if several key transportation policy-makers begin to advocate for physical activity and other community health variables as a transportation-planning factor.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $234,141.00

Awarded on: 5/6/2002

Time frame: 5/1/2002 - 2/28/2003

Grant Number: 43064


Surface Transportation Policy Project

10th Floor
1100 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, 20036-4601


Barbara McCann
Project Director