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In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Planning and Community Health Center is creating a set of guidelines to incorporate health into the Conceptual Review process for development projects.
The Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community.
The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).
A wide array of tools exists for measuring different features of the built environment, many of them well validated. However, it is often difficult for state and local program staff and evaluators to know which features of the built environment are most important to measure and which tool(s) to use to assess those features. The recently released CDC Built Environment Assessment Tool was designed to alleviate some of these challenges. The built environment includes the physical makeup of where we live, learn, work, and play—our homes, schools, businesses, streets and sidewalks, open spaces, and transportation options. The built environment can influence overall community health and individual behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating.
This Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools has been designed to help you collect data on physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, community programs, and policies that could potentially influence levels of physical activity among residents in your community. This tool will allow you to assess the “friendliness” of your community for walking, biking, and playing (especially among youth). It provides a structure for looking at the town as a whole, how it is laid out, where people live, work and go to school, and how they are likely to get from one place to another. It also includes a detailed tool to look at specific “segments” of your community and assess key characteristics of those segments. Finally, it also provides a structure for assessing the programs and policies that might help to overcome an “unfriendly” environment, or that might actually make that environment less activity friendly.
Each year the National Complete Streets Coalition ranks new Complete Streets policies to celebratethe people who developed exceptional policy language and to provide leaders at all levels ofgovernment with examples of strong Complete Streets policies. This year the Coalition is proud toaward the City of Reading, PA’s 2015 policy the first-ever score of 100 points. We want tocongratulate Reading in particular for their outstanding work. Notably, and key for a perfect score likethis, the policy goes beyond a vision for Complete Streets to clearly commit to building an integrated,context-sensitive transportation network.
In the Road Signs Pedcast (a “walking podcast”), you’ll hear from people on the ground who are building safe and active streets. Each episode discusses one transportation tool that promotes community health. In this first episode, learn about an approach to making existing streets safer—a road diet—with a story from Oakland, California.
Flourishing Safe Routes to School projects see remarkable changes in the way students and parents choose to travel to and from school. These projects succeed by including each of the “Five E’s” of Safe Routes to School to ensure that their project is a well-rounded, multi-prong and time-tested approach to getting more students walking and bicycling.
To decide to bicycle, people need biking to be safe and convenient. They need access to a bicycle, and they won’t bike unless it seems like something normal and worthwhile. ChangeLab Solutions developed this infographic to outline a few of the many strategies that can help get people bicycling around town.
CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, developed this fact sheet to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates understand the legal implications of implementing a remote drop-off program and determine whether it is appropriate for their community. This fact sheet also includes a cost-benefit worksheet for districts to assess the relative risks of implementing a remote drop-off program versus existing drop-off routines.
The report ranks the country’s 30 largest metropolitan areas based on the amount of commercial and multi-family rental development in walkable urban places (or WalkUPs), and uses a series of forward-looking metrics to predict how walkable their future development might be. The research also uses social equity metrics like housing costs, transportation costs, and access to jobs to understand the relationship between walkability and social equity.
Fact sheet on walking and biking in low income communities.Walking, bicycling, and public transit need to be safe and convenient for everyone. But currently, these activities are more dangerous and less available in low-income communities and communities of color than others…
a tool and guidance that may be used to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a “complete streets” evaluation approach.
ChangeLab Solutions, in collaboration with CA4Health, developed this fact sheet to call out specific approaches and tools that may be of particular assistance to rural schools, exploring elements of the Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook – a free online resource that can help districts develop effective policies for supporting healthy students.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Routes to School Toolkit includes resources and activities for creating safe transportation routes for children and families.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is designed to encourage active and safe transportation for children to school. This report examines the potential broader impact of these programs on communities within 0.5 mile (0.8 km) of schools. Results suggest that SRTS projects in urban areas can improve the walking and bicycling environment for adults as well as for children, the target users. Investment in SRTS can contribute to increased physical activity among children and adults.
Geoffrey P. Whitfield, PhD, Prabasaj Paul, PhD, Arthur M. Wendel, MD MMWR Surveill Summ 2015;64(No. SS-7) Active transportation, such as by walking or bicycling, is one way that persons can be physically active. Five surveillance systems assess one or more components of active transportation. Among these systems, active transportation was usually more common among men, younger respondents, and minority racial/ethnic groups. Among education groups, the highest prevalence of active transportation was usually among the least or most educated groups, and active transportation tended to be more prevalent in densely populated, urban areas.
This Web Forum features a frank roundtable discussion of how, through persistence and inspiration, small towns can implement policies, programs, and environmental changes that support walking and biking. Learn about strategies, tools, and resources that you can use to improve your community so that children and adults can be more physically active and healthier on a daily basis.
“Step into Nature” is more than a summary of best practices and implementation recommendations; the guide is a call to action for public health professionals, urban planners, architects, developers, and residents to design healthier cities.