Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections
Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections
Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections
Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation
Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation
Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation

What can better transportation options mean for your health?

Active transportation, such as walking and biking, combines moving more with getting you where you need to go. Simple choices that prioritize active options over driving can have large health implications at a personal and local level.

These switches can result in higher life‐expectancy, reduced stress‐related illness, and reduced a likelihood of illness or death from obesity, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. More broadly, an accompanying decrease in driving reduces emissions of carcinogens and particulates that cause asthma, improving a region’s air and water quality.

Education and awareness campaigns designed to enhance public safety can reduce accidents and fatalities associated with all modes of travel.

Popular Health Stories

Bursting the Car Bubble: Urban Mobility for Mental, Social and Physical Health

Does the way we move around our cities make us, and the planet, healthier or indeed happier?

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Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket.

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Recent Health News

Enough With The Helmetsplaining

Enough With The Helmetsplaining


August 10, 2016    From Around the Web

Let’s get this out of the way first: I wear a bike helmet. I think everyone should wear a helmet, including car drivers and pedestrians, who both have a tendency to go through windshields and suffer severe head injuries when involved in a crash. But the only drivers I know that wear helmets are professional… Read more »

Less than perfect


July 12, 2016    From Around the Web

Last week, sadly, two tragic deaths represented unfortunate, but predictable firsts in transportation. They are also reminders that despite the very real potential benefits of new technology, operating large metal objects at high speeds is an inherently dangerous activity, and public safety is best served by reducing people’s exposure to the risk—which means designing urban… Read more »

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists


June 19, 2015    Paul Goddin

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As cycling becomes more mainstream, the image of cyclists is changing as well. We need to promote this new and better image.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These… Read more »

Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes


April 22, 2015    Paul Goddin

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]School systems, whose faculty and staff take many single-occupancy car trips, are a large untapped market for TDM services. [/feature_box][/quote_right] The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by… Read more »

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis


January 7, 2015    Chris Plano

[feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Public transportation needs to play a bigger role in connecting people to healthier, non-fattening foods found at supermarkets.[/feature_box] A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket. Maybe you jump in your car for a 10-minute drive, or get on a bus or metro or your bike for… Read more »

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections


December 23, 2014    Amy Eagleburger

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Bringing public transportation to smaller communities would greatly improve health. We just have to make it happen.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by… Read more »

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare


December 17, 2014    Ted Eytan

The Lincoln Memorial has the highest percentage of “casual riders” – typically assumed to be tourists who rent on the fly – on Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system., at 82.3 percent. We’ve never really had a view of how people are moving around the region on bicycle before CaBi came along and opened up its ridership… Read more »

Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation

Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation


November 25, 2014    Bill Sadler

For years, public health and community transportation planning worked together like kids at an sixth-grade dance: boys on one side, girls on the other. They see each other, but there’s not much, if any, mingling. But health and transportation professionals are learning more about and appreciating what they have in common with “the other side,”… Read more »

Bike Friendly is Business Friendly

Bike Friendly is Business Friendly


November 4, 2014    Henry Dunbar

It has been well documented that having happy and fit employees helps productivity and the bottom line, but many businesses may be overlooking one of the cheaper ways to support a healthy work place: becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business through the League of American Bicyclists. And businesses in Arlington, Virginia may find earning that designation especially easy… Read more »

Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable


November 3, 2014    Paul Goddin

This article was originally published by Tech Cocktail. Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more… Read more »

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington


September 23, 2014    Keara Mehlert

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region. And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington… Read more »

Millennials Sticking With Transit, Boomers Sticking With Cars

Millennials Sticking With Transit, Boomers Sticking With Cars


September 18, 2014    Paul Mackie

It seems that, when it comes to making our transportation choices, as we age, we are most likely to rebel against the ways we traveled in our youth. These are among the findings by TransitCenter in Who’s On Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey. There is evidence that Millennials grew up in their early years under… Read more »