January 18, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator, Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: where possible, we provide the DOI link to research papers in the Info Round-Up.  To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:  Access to research articles will be dependent on your institutional rights.

"A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth. This is a story of municipal foresight, excellent recent planning, and green ambition."

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the creation of a new white paper series to expand access to the latest pedestrian- and bicycle-related research, resources and tools.  The first two papers in the series are:
·         An Overview of Automated Enforcement Systems and Their Potential for Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
·         Using Health Impact Assessments to Evaluate Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Journal of the Transportation Research Board Volume 2299 / 26 Dec 2012
This issue consists of 19 research papers. Many topics are covered, including discussions of pedestrian behavior, access and connectivity of pedestrian networks, and pedestrian safety.

Because they have to connect places, transportation right-of-ways are long and continuous. This is true whether you are moving cars, trains, boats, natural gas, electricity, or pedestrians ► Since pedestrians need the same sort of long, continuous right-of-way that other transportation modes use, there can be opportunities for pedestrians to share the right-of-way (ROW) by including a paved trail ► Doubling up use on an existing ROW is usually easier and cheaper than creating a new pedestrian ROW from scratch, and therefore can be a wise use of scarce resources when pedestrian funding is limited.

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice Volume 46, Issue 10, December 2012, Pages 1730–1740
Cyclists are sensitive to distance, turn frequency, slope, intersection control, and traffic volumes. ► Cyclists place relatively high value on off-street bike paths, bicycle boulevards, and bridge facilities. ► Route preferences differ between commute and non-commute trips.

Health & Place Available online 7 January 2013 In Press, Accepted Manuscript
We find that land uses such as buildings and roads and pavements were generally used for light activity, whilst green environments such as gardens, parks, grassland and farmland appear supportive of vigorous activity. Built land uses such as hard surface play areas were particularly used for activity of short duration……..

March 4-6, 2013 Washington, D.C.

June 23-27, 2013 Portland, OR
Reshaping Suburbia into Complete Healthy Communities & Exhibit on Successful Designs For Reshaping Suburbia

November 21-23, 2013 San Diego, CA

This study was a follow-up to a series of interviews with existing older adult users of Leisure Centres and was intended to assess the levels of physical activity among older adults…..

American Journal of Epidemiology Vol 176, Iss 12Pp. 1095-1100
doi: 10.1093/aje/kws199
People who said they were happy at baseline were classified as active or inactive. After two years and after four years, people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had a lower risk of becoming unhappy. After two years, people who were inactive were twice as likely to be unhappy compared to people who were active. Those who changed from being active to being inactive had an increased risk of becoming unhappy.
If you haven’t visited this site for a while – it’s time to get reacquainted.  Within the past year, this Portal has undergone an exciting expansion by including new content to provide a broader range of information relevant to decision-making in a public health setting.  This includes resources for decision-making and program planning along with links to information on public health policy, preventing chronic diseases and other public health topics.

A video presentation explaining more about the elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy,

A video presentation explaining the basics of why we need Complete Streets.

A video presentation explaining what the Complete Streets approach can mean in your community.

This white paper by the USDOT’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning develops a framework for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use to successfully consider health throughout the transportation planning process. The report is a resource for transportation planners, their transportation partners, and new partners in the health field.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Bureau de normalisation du Qu├ębec (BNQ), and CSA Group have officially released Canada’s first national standard designed to help organizations and their employees improve workplace psychological health and safety.

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