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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

Contra Costa Health Services

WALK THIS WAY: Connections between Transportation & Health

MTC Pedestrian Summit – Safe to Cross?

January 29, 2010

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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

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Connections to Health

Increases physical activity

Reduces obesity

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

Contributes to reductions in violence

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Environmental and Economic Benefits

Reduces greenhouse gases

Improves air quality

Saves money on gas

Reduces vehicle maintenance costs

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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

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What Health Departments Can Do

Data, Research and Evaluation

Programs, Activities and Incentives

Education and Media Campaigns

Community Outreach and Policy Development

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Pedestrian Collision Data

Richmond

2002 - 2005

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Pedestrian Collision Data

San Francisco

2002 - 2006

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

Partner with Planning and Engineering

Circulation/Transportation Elements

Complete Streets Policies

Pedestrian Master Plan

Streetscape Improvement Plans

Testimony and Advisory Bodies

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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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