May 23, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

The Effects of On-Street Parking on Cyclist Route Choice and the Operational Behavior of Cyclists and Motorists
Providing safer, more efficient bikeways on roadways with on-street parking is needed to address the hazards that parked vehicles present. When a cyclist chooses to ride on the sidewalk, they are more likely to be involved in a collision. Alternatively, a bicyclist may choose a different route that is longer and/or more difficult to ride, which may make bicycling a less likely mode of transportation for commuting by bicycle in the future.

My Commute sucks…. And I’m not gonna take it anymore!
Transportation affects us all - drivers, cyclists, walkers, the young, the old, big city dwellers and small town neighbors. Whether you ride the train or brave the traffic, building stronger, safer communities starts with smart transportation investment.

Rethink your commute – Eco Mobile a Laval
The purpose of Éco Mobile à Laval is to help cut down on car use and promote public transit, walking and cycling as solutions for your day-to-day needs.

Action Strategies Toolkit - A Guide for Local and State Leaders Working to Create Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity
The toolkit was created to support local and state leaders nationwide in their efforts
to promote healthy, active communities and access to affordable healthy foods. The
strategies in this toolkit include promising and evidence-based practices that advance
these goals and build upon the work in which policy-makers are already engaged.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: A School Health Policy Guide
Also from the RWJF, the goal of this guide is to offer the latest policy updates and recommendations about how to promote physical education and activity and healthy eating policies in schools. To accomplish this goal, the guide refocuses the research and policy recommendations in these chapters to provide specific models for schools to address the childhood obesity epidemic

Tooling up for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Child-Care Centers
Researchers with the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin evaluated use of a toolkit designed to help child-care centers prevent overweight among young children by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

Walking and Biking to School, Physical Activity and Health Outcomes
This brief summarizes research on active transport to school, physical activity levels and health outcomes. It also explores the factors that influence walking and biking to school, including the impact of SRTS programs.

What Role Can eHealth Play in Preventing Childhood Obesity?
This report addresses the potential role that evidence-based eHealth can play in reducing the incidence and prevalence of childhood obesity for at-risk children and families, especially those from low socioeconomic status (SES) and culturally diverse neighborhoods and communities.

Canadian Walking Master Class
Between May 12 and June 10, 2009, the Canadian Walking Master Class will be traveling across Canada, bringing a team of international walkability experts to five cities (Hamilton, Moncton, Kelowna, Metro Vancouver and Whitehorse). The Canadian Walking Master Class is a unique project that supports putting people at the heart of their communities and encourages decision making to ensure active, safe and sustainable places across Canada.

Life in metropolitan areas: Are suburban residents really less physically active?
This study is the first of its kind to cover all of Canada’s metropolitan areas. It differs notably from previous studies in that it examines the relationship between urban planning and various types of physical activities. It reveals that although the activities practiced differ by type of neighbourhood, total activity levels are quite similar wherever people live.

Recent research
A great compilation (from the USC Prevention Research Centre) of the latest physical activity research published. “Articles come from peer-reviewed journals and focus on topics such as effective physical activity interventions, psychosocial determinants of physical activity behavior, and environmental/community factors related to physical activity.”

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