Barriers and Opportunities for Transportation Engineering, Planning, and Health Collaboration

Across North America, the use of active transportation modes is on the decline while incidences of chronic disease are on the rise. Existing literature suggests that the built environment can influence a person's inclination to use active modes as a means for transportation and that using active transportation can have positive health outcomes. In order to create environments that foster the use of active transportation modes, it is essential that engineers, planners and public health officials work together. This paper investigates existing barriers hindering collaboration between transportation planners and public health officials in an effort to determine how the professions can effectively work together to build environments that will facilitate the use of active transportation modes. In order to identify these barriers, a review of the existing research literature as well as municipal and state planning documents was done. In addition, a phone survey of select Alberta municipalities was conducted to provide an understanding of the condition in Alberta, which the researchers feel may be applicable across the country. Our findings highlight the existing barriers to collaboration between public health and planning professionals as well as observations of jurisdictions across the country that have achieved collaborative success. (A) For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD record number 201309RT 334E.

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    • GHONEIM, D
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  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12 p.
  • Monograph Title: Calgary 2013 - The Many Faces of Transportation - Technical Compendium

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2013 12:59PM