Transportation Advocates Drive Home the Message: Federal Support Needed for Health-Oriented Transportation Policies

Integrating public health into federal transportation policy

During 2002 and 2003, staff at the Surface Transportation Policy Project worked to educate opinion leaders, policy-makers and the public about the impact of transportation policies on the public's health.

Key Results

During the grant, the Policy Project:

  • Produced two reports for public release:
    • Mean Streets 2002 highlights the connection between pedestrian fatalities and spending on pedestrian infrastructure.
    • Americans' Attitudes Toward Walking and Creating Better Walking Communities presents findings of a poll on the demand for a nonmotorized infrastructure.
  • Conducted a workshop, "Connecting Transportation Policy with Physical Activity," January 11, 2003, in Washington, attended by 35 participants from the transportation and public health fields.
  • Made 22 visits to members of Congress to inform them about the links between health and transportation, and developed two policy briefs for use in advocacy efforts.
    • "Policy Recommendations for Transportation and Health," describes how transportation policy affects people's health and lists 10 policy recommendations.
    • "Driving Factors: How Transportation Policy Affects Health," details how federal transportation policy can be used to enhance the nation's health.