New Studies and Reports on Designing for Walking and Biking, Public Health, Climate Change and Pedestrian Safety

The National Complete Streets Coalition’s recent newsletter highlighted a number of recent reports:

International Scan Recommends Complete Streets Policies

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Public Policies for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility report that details effective and strategic applications to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility drawn from the findings of an extensive international scan. The review identifies Complete Streets policies as key to supporting livable communities and safe transportation options.

Walking and Cycling to Health

With data from 15 countries, 50 states, and 47 of America’s largest cities, "Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State and International Data" establishes a correlation between increased active transportation and reduced obesity. The report is available online through the American Journal of Public Health and will be available in print next month.

Walkable Communities Can Save $1.66 Billion in Public Health Costs

Recent data from the American Lung Association in California shows significant public health benefits from pursuing more compact, sustainable development in the state. In communities with more transportation options and nearer destinations, the air will be cleaner, reducing pollution-related illness and death and avoiding significant health costs. Read the report here.

New York City Analyzes Pedestrian Safety

In a groundbreaking study, the New York City Department of Transportation examines over 7,000 records of crashes that have injured or killed pedestrians and identifies the underlying causes. The report also identifies a range of actions to cut the number of pedestrian fatalities in half by 2030, including more Complete Streets improvements and launching a 20 mph zone next year.

Also recently released by The League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking is a new report on how cycling advocates can help shape local climate change plans. According to the report:

Bicycling advocates can help shape Climate Action Plans to include pro‐bicycling policies. Using case studies and examples from existing plans, this report examines: 1. how pro‐bicycling policies have been written into the Climate Action Plans of states, cities, and universities, 2. examples of plans that include bicycling, 3. how bicycling advocates can best support these efforts, and 4. how to ensure that governments follow through on the promises made in their plans.

Download the full report here.

Posted On: September 28, 2010