Online Program

Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinators – Essential to Health in All Policies

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kit Keller, JD, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Cedarburg, WI
A national survey of Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators conducted in 2014 collected job description and, program successes and challenges. The survey asked current Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators to identify how important certain skills were to their work and what was needed to promote greater inter-agency collaboration. 

Study results suggest an approach that cities interested in active transportation can use to embed this important health policy in all transportation and community planning policies.

Cities, counties and regional planning agencies (e.g., Metropolitan Planning Organizations) that have designated Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinators typically have stronger, more enduring active transportation programs. Some cities choose to rely on elected officials or agency staff to implement active transportation programs "on their watch" yet too often these programs do not endure beyond the individual's term of office or period of employment. In contrast, programs that designate a Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator are more likely to develop effective planning documents, design active transportation networks, and pursue and secure funding toimplement programs that make walking and bicycling a realistic choice for some daily or weekly transportation trips.

The presentation offers insights that public health professionals can use to advocate for a Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator and then support the individual staff person (or team) once in place.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify five ways a Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator can foster an environment friendly to Health in All Policies. Define seven steps in hiring and training an effective Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator.

Keyword(s): Transportation, Built Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am responsible for working with Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinators to identify core skills and policies and successful approaches needed to "institutionalize" active transportation in municipal government. I and fellow team members surveyed Local Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinators in the U.S. (and Canada) to develop a sustainable model that other cities can implement to hire a thriving interdisciplinary active transportation professional.
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.