Active Transportation

smiling couple walking arm in armFormer 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.

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. View this webinar to learn how to use the new website and how you can apply the information you learn to advocate for bicycling and walking in your community.

Additional Resources:  

Webinar: Advancing Physical Activity Through Innovative Approaches- View the archived webinar to learn about innovative, collaborative approaches to promoting physical activity and preventing chronic diseases. View the webinar slides: Dr. Robert ZarrDr. Charles MooreDr. Sarah Messiah (PDF)

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 the suggested policies the Trump Administration can take to advance active transportation by connecting people to destinations, fuel economic development, and support communities that need it most.

By the Numbers report cover Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from APHA, published a report demonstrating the value of access to data to improve walking and biking programs, inform decision-making, and evaluate efforts to encourage walking and biking. The report, Safe Routes to School By the Numbers: Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to School (PDF), highlights communities and organizations using data to promote walking and bicycling through case study examples and the opportunities and challenges with data accessibility. Check out the How to Access and Use Data: Tips for SRTS Practitioners (PDF) and the Supporting SRTS Through Data: Tips for Government (PDF) fact sheets!   

Interested in more materials about creating safe routes? Check out the newly released resource, Safe Routes to Parks, brought to you by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework provides local governments with evidence- and practice-based guidance on creating safe and equitable access to parks for all people. 

Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center: PBIC is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and provides resources related to bicycling and walking.  

*Photo credit: Monkeybusinessimages, courtesy iStockphoto