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Ana Validzic, MPH San Francisco Department of Public Health Nancy Baer, MSW Contra Costa Health Services. WALK THIS WAY: Connections between Transportation & Health. MTC Pedestrian Summit – Safe to Cross? January 29, 2010. Why focus on walking?.

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Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Ana Validzic, MPH

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Nancy Baer, MSW

Contra Costa Health Services

WALK THIS WAY: Connections between Transportation & Health

MTC Pedestrian Summit – Safe to Cross?

January 29, 2010


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Why focus on walking?

Walking is basic, fundamental, healthy, social and fun!

Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point

Connects to other modes, transit


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Connections to Health

Increases physical activity

Reduces obesity

Reduces chronic diseases; e.g. diabetes, heart disease, asthma

Contributes to reductions in violence


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Environmental and Economic Benefits

Reduces greenhouse gases

Improves air quality

Saves money on gas

Reduces vehicle maintenance costs


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Walkable Communities

1 out of 4 trips are less than one mile

Communities can be built to increase walking

Transportation, health, air quality and environmental benefits


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

What Health Departments Can Do

Data, Research and Evaluation

Programs, Activities and Incentives

Education and Media Campaigns

Community Outreach and Policy Development


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Pedestrian Collision Data

Richmond

2002 - 2005


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Pedestrian Collision Data

San Francisco

2002 - 2006


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Programs and Campaigns

Safe Routes to School

Walking Events

Education, incentives

Media campaigns


The disappearing walk to school

The Disappearing Walk to School

  • 1 in 4 trips made by 5-15 year olds are to and from school

  • Only 10% of these trips are made by walking and bicycling

  • Of school trips a mile or less, about 28% are walk-based and less than 1% are bike-based


Safe routes to school

Safe Routes to School

  • Goal: increase walking and bicycling to and from school

  • Interdisciplinary movement – transportation, health and environmental

  • Use the “Five Es” model:

    • Education

    • Encouragement

    • Enforcement

    • Engineering

    • Evaluation


Media campaigns

Media Campaigns


Community outreach

Community Outreach

  • Foster public support for ped improvements

  • Reach a diverse array of community members

  • Forums, workshops, and articles

  • Provide funding for community organizations


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

For Safer Walking You Need…Wide sidewalks


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Television commercials tell us that high cholesterol comes from our diet and our ancestors, but our community also helps determine how healthy we are


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Policy Development

Partner with Planning and Engineering

Circulation/Transportation Elements

Complete Streets Policies

Pedestrian Master Plan

Streetscape Improvement Plans

Testimony and Advisory Bodies


Ana validzic mph san francisco department of public health nancy baer msw

Health Departments as Allies

Injury Prevention and Chronic Disease Sections

Existing capacity and expertise

Interested in being involved

Together we can change the world


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