These tools can help communities and individuals in their efforts in building healthier communities
Smart Growth Codes
The American Planning Association research department drafted 11 model ordinances on smart land development regulations including a section on "Four Model Ordinances To Help Create Phyiscally Active Communities" encouraging traffic calming and related pedestrian safety regulations. For more information Click here to view the ordinances. Click here for APA's Smart Growth Website.
Inspiring Children's Physical Activity: Exploratory Research with Parents
Center of Disease Control produced an excellent research report on the level of Children's physical activity with their intellectual and mental health. This is great read for people interested in why Healthy Infrastructure is so important for children in our communities. To download a copy click here.
Further Material about the link between Health and Transportation:
Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans- Written by TRANSform for the California Dept. of Public Health
Integrating Public Health and Transportation Planning: Perspectives for MPOs and COGs - National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) publication on efforts made by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to integrate public health factors into transportation plans including options on how MPOs can work with local governments to integrate non-transportation planning activities into the transportation and public health discussion.
Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health - Released by the American Public Health Association, this report is written for planners but accessible to everyone. It explains the funding process and includes a walk-through of MAP- 21, the new federal transportation bill, as well as case studies and examples of successful active transportation projects.
A key factor contributing to the lack of physical activity in our country and specifically in New York State is the general lack of infrastructure to support pedestrian travel on foot and by bicycle. The Complete Streets movementcalls for the creation of road networks that
routinely accommodate all travelers: drivers, transit users, pedestrians,
bicyclists, older individuals, children, and people with disabilities. This is done through the routine inclusion of
accommodations such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, benches, street
trees and shelters for public transit users. For more information, please look at the documents below:
NYS Complete Streets Policy Brief
NYS Complete Streets Legislation Text (Thanks to the NY Bicycling Coalition)
NYS Complete Streets Legislation Guide (Thanks to the NY Bicycling Coalition)
NYS Complete Streets FAQs (Thanks to the NY Bicycling Coalition)
Local communities who wish to know more, or build healthy infrastructure should call, fax or email iHi to receive information, technical assistance and guidance in support of their projects.
Manuals and Guides
AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities(3rd Ed.)
AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Bicycle Facilities (DRAFT)
Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2009 ed. with new edits) website
NACTO Guide - An interactive guide to Urban Bicycle Infrastructure and Planning