Posts in the 'Road Safety' category
Transport and Health: Measuring the Link
Transport and Health: Measuring the Link
It is crucial to develop a robust, simple and meaningful set of indicators to measure the impact of transport policy on public health in order to achieve any real change in the status quo, according to Dr. Carlos Dora of ...
Q&A with Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Controversy Over Bike Helmets
Q&A with Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Controversy Over Bike Helmets
This interview is part of a series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. “Adding highway ...
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
About half of the world now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050, with most urban growth projected to occur in developing countries. As people move to cities at this unprecedented pace ...
EPA Smart Growth Awards Live Blogging, Part 1: EPA's Approach and the 2010 Winners
EPA Smart Growth Awards Live Blogging, Part 1: EPA's Approach and the 2010 Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annually sponsors the National Smart Growth Achievement Awards as part of its Partnership for Sustainable Communities with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The smart ...
Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health
Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health
Generally, in the United States larger grocery store chains supply a variety of fresh food at lower costs, while independent grocers, bodegas and smaller stores have less selection and higher operating costs and prices.  Such stores tend to have a ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Supports Walk-Friendly Communities
U.S. Department of Transportation Supports Walk-Friendly Communities
U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood recently announced the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program, an initiative that “will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.” The initiative ...
Q&A with Jessica Meaney: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Q&A with Jessica Meaney: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
This interview is part of a series of interviews featuring sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. ...
Invisible Riders in the City of Angels
Invisible Riders in the City of Angels
Planners Network, the organization of progressive planning, wrote about working-class cyclists in Los Angeles this week. Poorer sections of cities are notorious for having more dangerous intersections and this is true of Los Angeles. Beyond faster moving traffic in residential ...
Arriving at Better Road Safety Measures
Arriving at Better Road Safety Measures
In its recent infographic, GOOD magazine looks at “handful of cities around the world and how often their pedestrians are killed while attempting to traverse” some of the world’s biggest urban landscapes. However, the graphic fails to take into account ...
New Report: Better Transportation Means Healthier People
New Report: Better Transportation Means Healthier People
Across large- and mid-sized cities, projects and initiatives that link transportation and the built environment to public health are gaining ground. A recent study by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) reports that a multi-sectored and collaborative approach to planning ...
"Urban Repair Squad" Makes Over São Paulo Streets
"Urban Repair Squad" Makes Over São Paulo Streets
São Paulo, Brazil is notorious for its horrifically congested streets. The city has the world’s sixth most painful commute, and motorization in the metropolitan area of more than 19 million residents is growing by 10 percent per year. But just ...
California Drive-Thru Ban and the "Health in All Policies" Approach
California Drive-Thru Ban and the "Health in All Policies" Approach
The city of Baldwin Park, Calif. — the birthplace of the drive-thru restaurant  — made the news this week after city officials banned construction of any new drive-thrus for at least the next nine months. The first In-N-Out drive-thru burger joint ...
Walking and Biking Key to Reversing U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Walking and Biking Key to Reversing U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Last Thursday, PolicyLink, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Transportation for America hosted a roundtable, “Keeping Kids Moving,” on how equitable transportation policy can prevent childhood obesity.  These organizations, and the Convergence Partnership, are “compelled by the knowledge that where you ...
Adios, Del Boca Vista! NYC "Kinder and Gentler" for Retirees
Adios, Del Boca Vista! NYC "Kinder and Gentler" for Retirees
Maybe it’s time for senior Seinfelds to come back from the Del Boca Vista retirement community. In an effort to keep senior citizens — and their pocketbooks — in New York, the city is working to make its streets safer ...
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
By now, the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving have been well-established. Nearly 30 percent of traffic accidents occur while people are talking or texting. But what about pedestrians and bikers? More and more, distracted pedestrians ...
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