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Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health


This primer is intended to give an introduction and orientation to as to why and how health should be considered in transportation planning and decision-making — in particular through active transportation — and the role that public health practitioners can play. In it you will find:


  • Examples of how to become involved with transportation, land use and built environment decisions at various levels in your community, region or state.
  • Common ways in which public health professionals can become leaders in the development of active transportation policies.
  • A brief overview of how transportation programs are organized and funded.
  • Suggestions for ways to engage.

You also will find a variety of resources, ideas and additional information listed throughout this document to help you dig deeper into particular aspects and to connect with other partners and experts.


Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Active Living, Community Design, Physical Activity, Planning, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning


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The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.