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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

May 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates,
 
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly e-newsletter, in which we aim to provide you with a useful roundup of news related to health topics in transportation. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at http://www.apha.org/transportation to find more reports, news and information.
 
Thank you,
 
APHA Highlights
Free APHA webinar: Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health
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The built environment — our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work, and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors, and ultimately health outcomes. This free APHA webinar on May 9 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Eastern time) features two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Experts from Kane County, Ill. will describe their model for collaborative public policy planning and discuss the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. The Manatee County Health Department in Florida will discuss the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking. Register today: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/y0qwd7ybo61n.
Resources and News
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Get Involved
 
The goal is safe roads for all: Join the Long Short Walk

The Long Short Walk & Roll, which is part of the Zenani Mandela Campaign and supported by the UN Global Road Safety Week from May 6-12, is themed around pedestrian safety. Join the movement and help raise awareness about pedestrian and bike safety. Read more at http://www.mylongshortwalk.org/.

 

Participate in the National Bike to School Day celebration on May 8

There are already more than 850 events registered at www.walkbiketoschool.org from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Take a look at the “Who’s Biking” map  to see who’s planning to ride and roll to school in this nationwide event. Bike to School Day event registration is free and open to all individuals and/or organizations planning a 2013 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers with access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities. Registrants will also be entered into drawings for Saris bicycle parking racks. Register now at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

 

Webinar: Understanding and Shaping Transportation Performance Measures

This webinar will explore the implications of the new performance measure requirements in MAP-21. How will performance measures impact bicycling and walking investments? What can be measured? Join the discussion with national experts on the topic on May 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Register for the Current Data Collection Methods and Exploring What's Possible webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/955056457.

Upcoming Events in 2013
May 29-June 1 - Annual Congress for the New Urbanism: Salt Lake City
June 2-7 - Community Transportation Association Expo: Albuquerque, N.M.
June 23-27 - International Making Cities Livable Conference: Portland, Ore.
Aug. 13-15 - Safe Routes to School National Conference: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 24-25 - National Health Impact Assessment Meeting: Washington, D.C.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 - American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting: Chicago
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston
 
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