Health Equity and Transportation Resources

Transportation is a social determinant that can play a major role in influencing people's health and sense of well-being. Access to adequate transportation options can increase physical activity, reduce streets and help increase family economic security.

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Resources: General

1. CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy (2010):

2. Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity (2009): Offers specific guidelines and research studies that support these health policy recommendations. 

3. Incorporating Health Objectives into Transit Planning. (Todd Litman of VTPI, 2010):

4. Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. Americans traditionally consider housing affordable if it costs 30 percent or less of their income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated with place.

5. Upstream Public Health Transportation Health Equity Principles

6. Tactical Urbanism Guide

Resources: Cycling and Walking

1. NYC Department of Transportation Says New Brooklyn Bike Lane Dramatically Reduces Speeding, Sidewalk Bicycling: A city DOT spokesperson said today that preliminary data shows that BEFORE the bike lane, three out of four cars on Prospect Park West were speeding. The agency says that number has dropped to one in seven. And the DOT says almost half of all cyclists used to ride on the sidewalk. That number has decreased to four percent.

2. Alliance for Biking and Walking Benchmarking Report project: The U.S. Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort from the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and at least the 50 most-populated U.S. cities.

Resources: Mass Transit and Health

1. Why Public Transportation is Good for Kids (Grist, 11/1/10)