America is still the land of cars and superhighways... and that transportation system can be hazardous to the public health. However, there are ample opportunities to create healthier alternatives for getting around.
Community-based organizations in Minnesota played a major role in improving access to healthy options for low-income communities in St. Paul. Watch how the addition of three stops will accomplish this in the construction of the Light Rail Project that will connect Minneapolis to St. Paul starting in 2014.
A detailed infographic tells a visual story on the role of transportation in the health of our communities, and explores the ways in which walkable, bikable, transit-oriented communities are associated with healthier populations.
Clean air, injury prevention and safety, physical activity ... all three transportation-related issues have an impact on community health. In an interview on the NewPublicHealth.org blog, expert Andrew Dannenberg explains why we need to consider transportation issues when we assess community health, and he offers concrete next steps.
November 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Distracted driving is an increasingly deadly threat to road safety.
October 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Improving neighborhood environments to make them more pleasant are likely to increse active travel to and from school.
February 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Attitudes and perceptions about the environment are discussed in this comprehensive study assessing modifiable elements and environmental features beyond the actual distance to school.