Health Impact Project: Potential Health Effects of Proposed Public Transit Concepts in Wichita, KansasDecember 6th, 2013 | Posted by in Health Impact Assessment - (0 Comments)
The Kansas Health Institute, in collaboration with local partners and the community of Wichita, Kansas, has just released a health impact assessment (HIA) of how proposed changes to transit service could affect residents, including older adults. The HIA explored transit-related factors that influence health, including air quality, injury, exposure to secondhand smoke, and access to employment, health care, food sources, and educational and recreational resources.
To read the full report, click here: Potential Health Effects of Proposed Public Transit Concepts in Wichita
The Miami Foundation has been searching for ideas to beautify and make more use of public spaces in Miami-Dade County. Health in the Hood and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida have joined forces and have created a neighborhood gathering place featuring a mural, community garden and market in a vacant lot in Brownsville.
To read the full article, click here: http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14747&Itemid=144
This video takes a closer look at the outreach being done to help those who are homeless in the streets of Miami.
Join us for the Safe Streets Summit hosted by the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization on January 31, 2014. This event will allow attendees explore the safety, health, and economic benefits of streets designed for all users.
Be sure to not miss the bike-in from 8:30AM-9AM! Broward B-cycle will be sponsoring bikes for those who are unable to bring their own.
If you would like to RSVP please contact Bernice@urbanhs.com or visit: http://www.browardmpo.org/services/complete-streets/safe-streets-summit
2014 Active Living Research Annual Conference
Join Active Living Research (ALR) in sunny San Diego at the Paradise Point Hotel, March 9 – 12, for the 2014 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2014 conference, Niche to Norm, recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities.
Fostering Collaboration between Research, Policy, and Practice
ALR aims to make its conference the premier venue for both cutting-edge research and for making findings accessible to and useable by non-scientists. Thus, the 2014 conference agenda will include both research and practice/policy presentations and ample opportunities for researchers and non-researchers to network.
Special Pre-Conference Symposium on Sunday, March 9th from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
ALR is holding a special International Symposium to bring experts together to share lessons on international obesity prevention research on urban Latino populations in the US, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Attendance at the International Symposium is optional and the number of participants will be limited. Registration for the symposium is complimentary and available on a first come, first served basis.
Register by January 6 to receive the early bird rate.
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A national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Using evidence to prevent childhood obesity and create active communities.
IOBY has shared Eric Katz, UHP Program Coordinator’s grassroots initiative on establishing an M-Path Park in Southwest Miami area where it will not only be convenient, but also safe to all transit users, pedestrians, and cyclists who may appreciate the benefits of local open space.
If you would like to read the more on the project or donate towards the initiative, click here: https://ioby.org/project/m-path-park-project
Karen Dredge, APBP
|APBP /NACTO Urban Street Design Guide Webinar
Now Available Online
|Cedarburg, WI—The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) provided a free webinar on the Urban Street Design Guide on November 6th. Over 1000 interested viewers registered and watched it live. APBP now has made the archival recording available to any interested viewer. Go to the APBP home page http://www.apbp.org and click into the NACTO Screen to begin viewing.During the webinar the leading experts in street design who contributed to the guide’s development addressed how this resource will change the face of our nation’s streets, the ways you can use it in your community, and how specific topics and elements in the document differ from conventional practice.The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide charts the principles and practices of the nation’s foremost engineers, planners and designers working in cities today. The Guide offers a blueprint for designing 21st-century streets, and unveils the toolbox and the tactics cities use to make streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant.
In this archived webinar, viewers can achieve a better understanding of how and why city streets demand a unique set of design tools specific to their distinct needs and characteristics; how to implement different “interim” design strategies, including parklets, public plazas and temporary safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians; how to utilize the guide as a tool for local and state advocacy, including basic information on NACTO’s endorsement campaign for the guide.
The webinar presenters are all experts in street design and contributors to The Guide: Michael Flynn, Director of Capital Planning, NYC DOT; Michael King, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Associates; Peter Koonce, Division Manager, Signals, Street Lighting & ITS, Portland Bureau of Transportation; David Vega-Barachowitz, Director, Designing Cities initiative, NACTO.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) represents large cities on transportation issues of local, regional and national significance. NACTO views the transportation departments of major cities as effective and necessary partners in regional and national transportation efforts, promoting their interests in federal decision-making. As a coalition of city transportation departments, NACTO is committed to raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities. For more information about the organization, visit www.nacto.org.
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members are employees of all levels of government, consulting firms and non-profits who work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, police, safety, health and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking. For more information about the organization, visit www.apbp.org.
Broward County is the second largest county to be recognized as a Bike Friendly Community! We had a great turn-out of supporters who biked-in to show their appreciation towards the county’s commitment. Special thanks to the Broward County, Mayor Jacobs, Broward Regional Planning Council, TOUCH, Broward MPO, Broward Department of Health, B-Cycle, FLIPANY, FL Department of Transportation, Broward Critical Mass, KRM Firm, BMC, and many community supporters.
To read the full article on Broward County being named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, click here.
Click below to see the pictures of the celebration: