Archived News


Archived transportation, health and equity research and articles: 


Formative process evaluation for implementing a social marketing intervention to increase walking among African Americans in the positive action for today’s health trial

Evaluation of an education, restraint distribution, and fitting program to promote correct use of age-appropriate child restraints for children aged 3 to 5 years: A cluster randomized trial

New report ranks deficient bridges


Half of child booster seats need checking 

Issue brief released on safe teen driving

Children's lives are at risk from air pollution, and better traffic regulation can help

Better neighborhood lowers obesity, diabetes risk

Texting slows down driver reaction time

Combating obesity with street design

Commuting to work is ‘bad for your health’ (unless you cycle or go by foot...)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering resources that highlight the tremendous cost burden of crash deaths. Over 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States. In 2005, in addition to the impact on victims’ family and friends, crash deaths resulted in $41 billion nationally in medical and work loss costs. Recent data analysis by CDC found that on a state-level, these costs ranged from as high as $4.16 billion a year (California) to as low as $73 million (Vermont). For a fact sheet that contains the cost of crash deaths for your state, visit the  CDC Motor Vehicle Safety website

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new publication called Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide: Making the Case for Bicycle and Pedestrian Youth Education. The guide will offer Safe Routes to School practitioners, teachers, school administrators and others background information on the benefits of teaching bicycle and pedestrian education in the classroom, and provide these audiences with easy access to currently available curricula.

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) recently approximated the economic costs of overweight people and obese people at $300 billion per year.


A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal compared health metrics in people taking fewer steps per day than those in other developed nations with similar, high levels of income and standards of living.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its latest Traffic Safety Fact Sheets on bicyclists, pedestrians and children. During 2009, there were 33,808 traffic fatalities in the United States; click on the links to learn how these three vulnerable populations were represented in that statistic.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released a report that shows how roughly 3.5 million rural residents lost access to intercity transportation in recent years. In 2010, 89 percent of rural residents had access to intercity bus, rail, air or ferry transportation, as compared to 93 percent five years ago.

According to a report from the Political Economy Research Institute, building bike lanes and pedestrian facilities creates more jobs per million dollars spent than road repairs and road resurfacing. (January 2011)


The Journal of Physical Activity and Health recently published a study where surveying showed that 57 percent of adult Americans think community infrastructure has a high importance in determining personal levels of physical activity. According to the survey, communities of color are more willing to take civic action on these issues. (January 2011)


CDC Study Finds Seat Belt Use Up to 85 Percent Nationally. (January 2011)

According to a French case-control study, living within less than a third of a mile of a heavy-traffic roadway doubles the odds of children developing acute leukemia. (December 2010)

study in the journal Neurology noted that increased walking by middle-aged people is associated with greater gray matter volume nine years later. (October 2010)

Studies Show Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health (November 2010)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a podcast on the topic of drowsy driving. A new study shows that driving while drowsy causes more than 1,500 deaths each year. (November 2010)


A research project in New York tested twenty girls and twenty boys, ages 10 to 14 year old, and showed that moderate-intensity exercise (including walking and biking to school) can reduce the risk of heart disease. (November 2010)


Failing U.S. transportation system will imperil prosperity, report finds (October 2010)


New Equity Caucus launches to press for a transportation system that works for all Americans (September 2010)


A 2010 study is available through the American Journal of Public Health; the study, "Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State and International Data", correlates increased active transportation and reduced obesity.


CDC Selects Motor Vehicle Injuries, Obesity and Physical Activity as Winnable Battles (September 2010)


Study Shows Smart Growth Can Prevent 140 Premature Deaths and 105,000 Asthma Attacks Annually (September 2010)


CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion (August 2010)


Our Waistlines Are Expanding In Sync With Our Car-Dependence (August 2010)


Let’s have real debate about the transportation fund (July 2010)


"Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Reverse Childhood Obesity" archived video (July 2010)

Riders Who Take Mass Transit Regularly May Lose Weight (June 2010)

Do The Health Benefits Of Cycling Outweigh The Risks? (June 2010)

Bicycling, similar to brisk walking, is associated with less weight gain for women (June 2010)

New PBIC Report Highlights Walking and Bicycling Gains (June 2010)

Group to study health effects of developments around light rail (June 2010)

The Austin Chronicle: The Aerobic City (June 2010)

SF Gate: The Thin Green Line blog: The hidden costs of driving (June 2010)

DCStreets Blog: APHA Tallies 'Hidden Health Costs' of Transportation Status Quo (May 2010)

CDC Transportation Recommendations (April 2010)

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) supplement on the Active Living by Design program (December 2009)

A study conducted in Atlanta demonstrated that people traveling by public transit were more likely to hit a daily target of 30 minutes of walking. (2009)