Active Transportation

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's "Step it Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities" aims to increase walking by improving access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll. One way to do this: through active transportation, which means getting around using human energy.

We encourage people to bike and walk by working with partners like America Walks and Safe Routes to School National Partnership to make our communities more walk- and bike-friendly.


NEW! Check out our two latest Transportation and Health Stories from the Field showing how transportation and health agencies collaborate together to support active living for everyone. 

Planning with a Public Health Focus: Connecting the Dots in the East Central Region of Wisconsin (PDF) — Learn how the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission works with public health departments and nonprofit partners to identify shared values to support active living and integrate public health into transportation plans. 

Minnesota Health and Transportation: Partners for Change (PDF) — Learn how Minnesota Department of Transportation and Department of Health have partnered together over the years to advance health equity through such initiatives as health impact assessments and Minnesota Walks, one of the first statewide pedestrian planning frameworks in the country that recognizes health and walking as transportation planning priorities.

Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities: How Metro Areas are Building More and Better Bicycling and Walking Projects

Over the last two years, Transportation for America, in conjunction with the APHA, worked with metropolitan planning organizations across the country to collect and document stories about how they are planning, funding, and building more and better walking and bicycling projects. Check out Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities: How Metro Areas are Building More and Better Bicycling and Walking Projects.

MPO Primer— Ever wondered what a Metropolitan Planning Organization was and how to work with one? Check out our latest guide (PDF) outlining the core responsibilities of an MPO and how to partner with them to advance healthy communities.

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Promoting active communities: Finding data that tells your story

APHA believes in the power of evidence — and using data to inspire change — to create healthier communities for all. That’s why we’re proud to announce a new website exploring the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report, which traces the rise of walking and bicycling across the nation. 

APHA and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, created the interactive website to make critical report data more accessible and user-friendly. Funding for the website was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Highway Administration. Learn more about how public health practitioners can use active transportation data provided on the website to assess and inform efforts toward health equity by reading The Biking & Walking Benchmarking Report Website: An Online Tool to Support Health Equity (PDF).

Check out our webinar featuring the Benchmarking Report Website, additional active transportation resources and success stories!

Measuring what we value: Prioritizing public health to build prosperous region — A set of case studies released by Transportation for America, with support from APHA, showcases a range of strategies that metro area planning agencies can use to strengthen the local economy, improve public health outcomes for all of their residents, promote social equity and better protect the environment. In addition to the case studies, a policy paper outlines four policy levers that metropolitan planning organizations have at their disposal to help increase and improve active transportation projects. 

An Active Transportation Agenda for the Trump Administration  — The Partnership for Active Transportation Leadership Council released An Active Transportation Agenda for the Trump Administration to demonstrate the importance transportation systems have on the health of our communities. Learn about  suggested policies to advance active transportation by connecting people to destinations, fuel economic development, and support communities that need it most.

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