Columbia residents walked and biked more in 2009 than previously, thanks to an Active Living by Design (ALbD) grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and infrastructure improvements. Columbia, Mo., used its 2003 ALbD grant to foster active living by behavioral and environment change strategies.
The intervention, Bike, Walk and Wheel: A Way of Life in Columbia Missouri (BW&W), implemented Active Living by Design’s 5P model, specifically:
- Partnerships—among community leaders and stakeholders with an interest in the long-term health of the community
- Promotions—of the benefits of active living
- Programs—for children and adolescents
- Policy influences—to create a more activity-friendly environment
- Physical projects—to make activity opportunities more accessible and attractive
To evaluate whether pedestrian and cyclist activity increased over the 3-year period (2007–2009), researchers collected data at four intersections leading into downtown Columbia. There were greater numbers of cyclists in 2009, compared to 2007 and 2008, but only during the summer. There were greater numbers of pedestrians in 2009, compared to 2007 and 2008, but only during the summer and fall.
The authors attribute the increases to the ALbD program, greater awareness of physical activity opportunities, and to a 2005 federal grant that increased infrastructure for nonmotorized transportation. Columbia, one of four communities nationwide, used the funds to build bike lanes, trails and improve intersections.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Presents the Evaluation of RWJF's Active Living by Design Program
- 1. Lessons from a Mixed-Methods Approach to Evaluating Active Living by Design
- 2. Capturing Community Change
- 3. Identifying the Role of Community Partnerships in Creating Change to Support Active Living
- 4. Assessment for Active Living
- 5. Evaluation of Physical Projects and Policies from the Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 6. Programs and Promotions: Approaches by 25 Active Living by Design Partnerships
- 7. Active Living by Design: Sustainability Strategies
- 8. Concept Mapping: Priority Community Strategies to Create Changes to Support Active Living
- 9. Evaluation of Active Living by Design
- 10. Evaluation Results from an Active Living Intervention in Somerville, Massachusetts
- 11. Bike, Walk, and Wheel
- 12. A Walking School Bus Program
- 13. Creating a Moment for Active Living via a Media Campaign
- 14. Isanti County Active Living
- 15. Using a Bicycle-Pedestrian Count to Assess Active Living in Downtown Wilkes-Barre
- 16. Active Living by Design's Contributions to the Movement
- 17. Healthy People and the Design Sciences
- 18. Active Living by Design and Its Evaluation
- 19. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of School-Based Active Living Programs
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