Online Program

Healthy transportation decisions through complete streets

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Stefanie Seskin, MUPP, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Amanda Woodall, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago, IL
As research continues to link active transportation to the alleviation and prevention of chronic disease, public health advocates and officials have become enthusiastic and powerful champions for Complete Streets: multimodal transportation systems that are safe and convenient for walking, riding bicycles, and taking public transportation in addition to driving. The development and implementation of Complete Streets policies ensure that routine decisions regarding the transportation network include the needs of people of all ages, abilities, income levels, and ethnicities, regardless of how they travel. Many communities, including those participating in programs of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Y of the USA, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are complementing other public health efforts with Complete Streets initiatives to systematically transform their built environments to promote active transportation. To help participants develop and implement their own effective Complete Streets policies, this session will describe the ten elements of an ideal policy and the strategies necessary to implement it. Real examples from communities of varying sizes across the country will be included. This session will also explain how public health professionals and transportation planners and engineers have collaborated on local Complete Streets initiatives. Representatives from Minnesota, Chicagoland, and San Diego will share how they have worked with transportation professionals to develop policies build support in general community and its leaders.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify the ten elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy. Explain how local public health professionals are using Complete Streets policies to achieve community health objectives. Discuss strategies used by public health to collaborate with transportation professionals to implement Complete Streets.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with over 50 communities on developing support for Complete Streets policies, including building allies with partners in public health. I understand how transportation policies and practices effect community health and have presented on this topic at numerous conferences and events.
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.