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The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform in Amer


The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform in America builds on the research and analysis of a number of experts who are working at the intersection of transportation, equity, and public health. Underlying this report is a vision of transportation as more than a means to move people and goods, but also as a way to build healthy, opportunity-rich communities. Health is often viewed from an individual perspective. Yet, each resident in a region is both an individual and part of a larger community. Therefore, our vision for healthy, equitable communities is one that extends beyond individual outcomes and creates conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. It does not force us to balance one individual against another. It provides the opportunity for everyone to participate in their community, be healthy, and prosper. A new framework for transportation policy and planning is emerging. Rather than focus almost exclusively on mobility (and its corollaries, speed and distance), this framework also emphasizes transportation accessibility. In other words, instead of designing transportation systems primarily to move cars and goods, the new approach calls for systems designed to serve people—all people—efficiently, affordably, and safely. This approach prioritizes investments in: (1) public transportation, walking, and bicycling—transportation modes that can promote health, opportunity, environmental quality, and indeed mobility for people who do not have access to cars; and (2) communities with the greatest need for affordable, safe, reliable transportation linkages to jobs, and essential goods and services—chiefly, low income communities and communities of color.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Active Living, Community Design, Health Equity, Land Use, Physical Activity, Planning, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations, Zoning


Institutional Author:

Convergence Partnership





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