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Featured Research on Transportation and Health

This page highlights research in the American Journal of Public Health, organized by various topics, as well as articles from The Nation's Health.


Physical Activity

Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure. John Pucher and Ralph Buehler. December 2016; 106:2089-2091.

Vision Zero in the United States Versus Sweden: Infrastructure Improvement for Cycling Safety. Matthew Cushing et al. December 2016; 106:2178-2180

Community Vision and Interagency Alignment: A Community Planning Process to Promote Active Transportation. Sarah Timmins DeGregory et al. April 2016; 106:654-657. 

Active Transportation Surveillance- United States, 1999-2012. Geoffrey P. Whitfield.  March 2016; 106:e1-e4.  

The Cost-Effectiveness of New York City’s Safe Routes to School Program. Peter A. Muennig et al. July 2014; 104: 1294-1299.  

Relation Between Higher Physical Activity and Public Transit Use. Brian E. Saelens et al. May 2014; 104: 854-859. 

The Safe Routes to School Program in California: An Update. Claudia Chaufan, et al. June 2012; 102: e8–e11.

Walking and Cycling in the United States, 2001–2009: Evidence From the National Household Travel Surveys. John Pucher, et al. December 2011; 101; S310–S317.

Association of Walkability With Obesity in Baltimore City, Maryland. Sarah Stark Casagrande, et al. December 2011; 101: S318–S324.

An Applied Ecological Framework for Evaluating Infrastructure to Promote Walking and Cycling: The iConnect Study. David Ogilvie, et al. Mar 2011; 101: 473-481.

Potential Health Impact of Switching From Car to PublicTransportation When Commuting to WorkAlfredo Morabia, et al.Dec 2010; 100: 2388-2391.

Air Quality

Understanding and Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health and Transportation Goals. Carolyn McAndrews et al. June 2017; e1–e5. 

Race/ Ethnicity, Residential Segregation, and Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Miranda Jones et al. November 2014; 104: 2130-2137. 

Analysis of Diesel Particulate Matter Health Risk Disparities in Selected US Harbor Areas. Arlene Rosenbaum, et al. December 2011; 101: S217–S223.

Particulate Air Pollution and Socioeconomic Position in Rural and Urban Areas of the Northeastern United States. Paul J. Brochu, et al. December 2011; 101: S224–S230.

Community-Based Participatory Research and Policy Advocacy to Reduce Diesel Exposure in West Oakland, California. Priscilla Gonzalez, et al. December 2011; 101: S166-S175.

Vulnerable Populations 

Mobility and Aging: New Directions for Public Health Action. William A. Satariano, et al. August 2012; 102: 1508–1515.

Neighborhood Social Inequalities in Road Traffic Injuries: The Influence of Traffic Volume and Road Design. Patrick Morency, et al. June 2012; 102: 1112–1119.

Potential Strategies to Eliminate Built Environment Disparities for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Communities. Daniel J. Hutch, et al. April 2011; 101: 587–595.

High Point Walking for Health: Creating Built and Social Environments That Support Walking in a Public Housing Community. James Krieger, et al. Nov 2009; 99: S593-S599.


Complete Streets promoting health equity in communities: Supporting transportation for all users August 2018

Biking, walking becoming more accessible in metro areas: New guides support local partnerships (March 2018)

States see many successes in reducing motor vehicle deaths: Nationwide movement for safety needed (July 2017)

Q&;A: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx talks health, equity, future of how we get around: Foxx tells APHA: ‘We have a role to play in public health’. February 2016 

APHA shares transportation health tool at meeting. January 2016 

Transportation officials tout public health benefits of streetcars in DC. September 2015

Bigger, heavier trucks pose dangers to public health, safety advocates say. July 2014

Parents drive distracted despite having young children in tow. July 2014

Platform calls for U.S. to invest in safe places to bike, walk. April 2014

U.S. cities providing new lanes as cycling commutes increase: Green lanes in six cities target safety. September 2013

Transportation primer guides health workers. February 2013

Drunk-driving crashes a growing risk for young women, study finds. May/June 2012

Distracted driving: Stay focused when on the road. February 2012

Nearly one-third of drivers have been sleepy behind the wheel, survey finds. January 2012