Exploring a Public Health Perspective on Pedestrian Planning

This article describes the use of pedestrian plans, part of a community or urban planning process, that outline a community's vision and goals for future pedestrian activity. The authors explored whether involvement by public health professionals in the development of pedestrian plans was associated with certain characteristics of the plan (vision, goals, identified programs, and evaluation). The authors reviewed plans from North Carolina that were developed by 2008, focusing on the impact of public health professionals who were on planning committees. Among the 46 plans, 39% reported involvement by public health professionals in their development. Overall, 72% of pedestrian plans included a vision statement; in these vision statements, health was mentioned four times and quality of life was mentioned five times. Slightly more than half (52%) of the plans included goals to improve public health. Plans that involved public health professionals more often included the type of physical activity, safety, or education program. However, only 22% of all pedestrian plans included a proposal to evaluate their implementation. The authors conclude by encouraging public health professionals to seek involvement in the pedestrian planning process, particularly in the areas of health program development, implementation, and evaluation. They outline three areas where public health professionals could have a positive impact on the pedestrian plan process: evaluation planning; the assessment of baseline measures; and social equity.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 204-213
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  • Accession Number: 01495401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 1 2013 11:45AM