182488 Community-based tools to increase active travel on foot or by bike

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kit Keller, JD , Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Cedarburg, WI
Consider how community-based resources developed by national experts can help your community increase the number of people walking and bicycling.

- The interactive Complete Streets workshops help participants create and implement policies and practices customized to the host community, region, or state to routinely design, build and maintain streets for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. These workshops were developed by the National Complete Streets Coalition in collaboration with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).

- The Bicycle Friendly Communities program developed by the League of American Bicyclists and implemented in collaboration with APBP, help communities assess current conditions for bicycling, identify specific ways to improve them, and encourage more residents to travel by bicycle more often.

- The Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility course helps participants understand and apply Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines through extensive examples and field exercises. This course was developed in collaboration with APBP, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Access Board.

- The SmartTrips Mode Shift Social Marketing training prepares communities to launch their own programs to encourage people to shift from drive-alone trips to healthier, active trips on foot, by bike or on transit. The City of Portland, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University, Alta Planning + Design, and APBP developed this training and practioner's manual.

- APBP's Bike Walk Bus Week Guide describes how a community can start or enhance an annual promotion and celebration of healthier ways to travel.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify community-based programs developed by national experts to increase walking and bicycling. 2) Consider existing program outcomes and means of measuring program effectiveness. 3) Discuss your community's needs and goals and determine which resources can help you meet them.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, I collaborate with our members and partners to develop resources to make communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly. I am trained to present each of these nationally-developed courses I include in my presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.