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Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities

Metro areas of all sizes across the country are strategizing, developing, and implementing new ways to improve bicycling and walking in their regions. Transportation for America worked with metro areas across the country to collect and document these stories, ideas, and strategies into this new guidebook.


Healthy-MPO-guidebook-Cover-1-232x300.jpgPlaces that have made biking and walking from place to place a safe, convenient, and enticing choice have produced positive impacts on businesses, jobs, and revenue. When it’s safer and more convenient for people to walk or bicycle as part of their regular routine, more people get the amount of physical activity that science proves they need to reduce their risk of certain chronic diseases.

How have regions successfully brought these projects to fruition? How are they integrating them into the processes of choosing what to build? How are they upending perhaps decades of radically different priorities to make these types of projects the norm?

This guidebook, produced in partnership with the American Public Health Association, tells these stories in detail, organized around seven key strategies:

1 – Design guidance for bicycling and walking projects
2 – Complete Streets policies & programs
3 – Data collection – walking & bicycle counts
4 – Performance measures
5 – Dedicated funding for bicycling and walking projects
6 – Improving walking and bicycling connections to public transportation and essential destinations
7 – Grassroots community engagement
8 – Understanding the public health impacts of transportation behaviors

Kickoff webinar

Catch up with the launch webinar on December 11, 2017. Special guests from three of the featured MPOs discussed their stories in detail and answered numerous questions from those who attended.

  • Courtney Geary, of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization, shared how they created a new performance measures framework that helps prioritize multi-modal projects for funding.
  • Jeff Pollack, of the Corpus Christi MPO, shared how they customized a Bicycle Mobility Network through accessibility planning and community engagement.
  • Daniel Kaempff, from Metro in Portland, Oregon, shared how they changed the design of walking and bicycling projects to encourage active transportation and keep people safe.
  • Rochelle Carpenter from the Greater Nashville Regional Council moderated the conversation.

This post was written by Transportation for America.