Transportation Resources

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APHA developed this resource page to highlight new and useful health and transportation resources from partner organizations, whether national, state, local, private or otherwise.

Non-Profit / Other Organizations:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. AARP has developed Policy Options to Improve Specialized Transportation (PDF), which provides recommendations to policymakers for strengthening coordinated planning and increasing support for mobility management, in part.

Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America's roads safer. 

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP's members include leaders in public health, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, safety, academia, Safe Routes to School and promotion. In the spring of 2010, APBP performed an online survey to determine the factors that induce women to bicycle (PDF) more for transportation. The analysis from the survey is now available online as a 22-page report.

The American Planning Association conducted a national Web-based survey to identify draft and adopted comprehensive and sustainability plans that explicitly address public health. The survey report provides an overview of the public health topics addressed, public health data and data collection tools used, and the successes and challenges faced by local governments in the inclusion of public health into to the plan.

The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to transform roads and streets in communities so that they are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. One of the fundamental aims of Complete Streets is to encourage roadway design that promotes physical activity and active lifestyles.

Convergence Partnership supports multi-field, equity-focused efforts to create environments that support healthy eating and active living.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund works with the public to support federal policies that protect and promote the civil and human rights of all individuals in the country. The Leadership Conference maintains resources on transportation equity.

The Pan American Health Organization: This regional office of the WHO has released the report Advocating for Safe and Healthy Public Transportation (PDF), which reviews the health consequences of transportation policies and practices in North and South America and explains how public health officials can enhance health and equity worldwide by supporting specific transportation initiatives.

Partnership for Prevention is a membership organization of business, nonprofit organizations and government leaders advancing evidence-based prevention in policies and practices.

Bike rider waits at red lightPolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Some of PolicyLink's focus areas include health and equity, and the organization has developed an online toolkit on equitable development that shows users how to build walkable neighborhoods, increase access to healthy foods and more.

Prevention Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. The pioneering 'Placemaking' approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS resources include articles on streets and transit.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy works on behalf of more than 150,000 members and supporters to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. RTC’s Campaign for Active Transportation leads a movement to secure focused federal investment to complete networks of bicycling and walking facilities to connect communities and make it safe and convenient to walk or bike for daily travel. RTC resources include:

Safe Routes to School National Partnership represents a network of 400+ nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School movement nationally.

The SRTS National Partnership has three resource guides for promoting active transportation:

Transportation for America has formed a broad coalition of housing, environmental, transportation, public health, equitable development, and other organizations that are focused on bringing our economy into the 21st century with modern infrastructure, healthy communities and healthy people, and a stronger national transportation program.  

The Transportation Equity Caucus is a coalition of partner organizations informed by principles that advance economic and social equity.

Federal Agencies:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people. CDC's initiatives and resources include:

US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration: FHWA carries out the Federal highway programs in partnership with the State and local agencies to meet the Nation's transportation needs. FHWA administers and oversees these programs to ensure that Federal funds are used efficiently. USDOT and FHWA initiatives and resources include:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under the U.S. Department of Transportation, was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, as the successor to the National Highway Safety Bureau, to carry out safety programs under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and the Highway Safety Act of 1966.

Other Links on Active Transportation, Walking and Biking Topics:
Traffic Safety Organizations:

AAA Foundation 
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries by preventing traffic crashes. It is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
MADD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. Their focus is to look for effective solutions to the drunk driving and underage drinking problems, while supporting those who have already experienced the pain of these senseless crimes.

Put the Breaks on Fatalities Day
Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day has been established to focus national attention on reducing traffic fatalities on American highways. The goal is to encourage everyone, whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, to take extra caution to prevent crashes from occurring.

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