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Active Transportation

Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Active Transportation: Benefitting Health, Safety and Equity
Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Making active transportation a realistic, affordable and convenient option for all transportation users would help reduce health impacts and also promote physical activity, recreation, and environmental preservation. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation
This paper organizes the benefits of active transportation into categories, including economic, health, conservation and social equity.

Transportation and Health Toolkit
This toolkit is an attempt to build a bridge between the public health and transportation communities, to create a common language for use by public health advocates that ensures our voices are heard by those who need to hear them.

Public Health and Equity: Promote Environmental Justice and Equity Principles in Transportation Policy
Transportation decisions affect our individual lives, economy and health. Every day, diverse populations are impacted by traffic fatalities, injuries and other negative health impacts as a result of poor and inequitable transportation decisions made in their communities.

Complete Streets Resources
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.

Safe Routes to School Resources
Safe Routes to Schools programs are designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community, Safe Routes to Schools promotes walking and biking to school, using education and incentives to show how much fun it can be! The program addresses parents’ safety concerns by educating children and the public, partnering with traffic law enforcement, and developing plans to create safer streets.

Rural Walking Tool-Kit
This report provides an introduction to different types of walking facilities that can be constructed in rural areas. It includes case studies of a number of communities building creative and cost-effective walking facilities. These communities have faced many challenges in the process of planning and constructing their walking facilities. Although each community is unique, these case study examples may help other communities identify opportunities to provide better walking infrastructure and the tools to implement such improvements.

Bikeability Assessment
MassBike’s bikeability assessment provides a simple and effective way for local bicyclists to advocate for better bicycling conditions in their community.

Bicycle Planning Assistance
As an aspect of expanding local capacity through the Bikeable Communities Program, MassBike offers Bicycle Planning Assistance to municipalities interested in starting work on a bicycle project.

Active Living Research
Since 2001, ALR has been at the forefront of building evidence on how to create communities that increase opportunities for physical activity. We have learned that communities designed for activity are better for health, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. Our mission is to work with governments, the private sector, and advocacy groups to apply the lessons of research to building great communities.

Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
This research brief summarizes current research on elements of the rural built environment that may be related to obesity or physical activity. It also provides policy implications and a list of important rural-specific built environment measures that have been developed and tested for assessing active living supports, barriers and perceptions.

Walk this Way!
This toolkit is a demonstration of our commitment to support the landmark Call to Action from the Surgeon General. It has been designed to help Americans “Step It Up” and increase their physical activity through walking. It contains a variety of resources that can be used by individuals, community organizations, faith-based institutions, schools, employers, etc. to encourage and support individuals to walk more and create walkable environments.

Walk the Talk!
This toolkit is a demonstration of our commitment to support the landmark Call to Action from the Surgeon General. It has been designed to help fitness professionals “Step It Up!” and lead safe and effective walking programs, and become advocates for more walkable communities.

How I Walk
The visual campaign aims to promote walking as an inclusive physical activity term that is individualized.  There are various ways to walk, and now is the time to rebrand the word walking so that everybody is included in walking initiatives.

Find Your Park
This public awareness and education campaign celebrates the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the next 100  years. This campaign invites the public to see that a national park is more than just a place—it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Further, Find Your Park encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and public lands.

Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions – Workshop Summary
In 2008, the U.S. federal government issued fully approved physical activity guidelines for the first time. The idea that physical activity impacts health can be traced as far back as Hippocrates, and the science around the linkages between physical activity and health has continuously accumulated. On April 14-15, 2015, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a 2-day workshop to explore the state of the science regarding the impact of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and to highlight innovative strategies for promoting physical activity across different segments of the population. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from this workshop.

Alliance for Biking and Walking Resource Library
The Alliance for Biking & Walking’s curated library of sample documents, research and data, educational resources, and advocacy explainers is an essential resource for state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations.

Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2016: Benchmarking Report
This report aims to promote data collection and availability; measure progress and evaluate results; and support efforts to increase bicyclying and walking. Additionally, these efforts strive to make the connection between active transportation and healthy communities and strengthen the network of Alliance advocacy organizations who rely on the Benchmarking Report for their work.

Guide to Conducting Walkability and Bikeability Assessments in NH Communities
This document was developed to assist municipal governments and partners in determining a town or city’s walkability and bikeability.

Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier
This report explores the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate. Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, public officials, and others involved in real estate decision making can learn from the case studies described in this report to create places that both support and leverage investments in active transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes and trails. In the process, they can create real estate value and promote economic, environmental, and public health goals.

Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities 
This resource provides a roadmap to making all types of communities bicycle friendly and helps policymakers figure out where to start, and spells out how to effectively use policy to promote bicycling.

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Social Justice Toolkit
The Social Justice Toolkit aims to provide organizations and individuals working within the walking movement resources and guides to help them achieve objectives related to fostering equity, fairness and justice within communities. When working to promote walking and walkability and create built environments and policies that promote walking, there are many opportunities to engage, empower and inform community members and organizations on larger issues.

Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide
This resource was created to encourage the development of mall walking programs by providing readers with information about the health benefits of walking, explaining why mall walking programs can help people walk more, and providing practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs in malls or other venues in areas where a mall is not available.

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit
This resource has been created to help individuals, groups and local leaders assess the walkability of the sidewalks and streets in their community. Step-by-step insturctions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more are provided.

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit Leader Guide
This guide shows how to plan for and manage a larger-scale community walk audit and workshop event.