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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Housing and Transit" and "Support active travel"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Bike & pedestrian master plans

Some Evidence

Establish a framework to increase walking and biking trails and improve connectivity of non-auto paths and trails in a particular area

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Complete Streets & streetscape design initiatives

Scientifically Supported

Enhance streetscapes with greater sidewalk coverage and walkway connectivity, street crossing safety features, traffic calming measures, and other design elements

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Mixed-use development

Scientifically Supported

Support a combination of land uses (e.g., residential, commercial, recreational) in development initiatives, often through zoning regulations or Smart Growth initiatives

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Multi-component workplace supports for active commuting

Some Evidence

Provide physical infrastructure (e.g., bike parking or showers), educational or social support (e.g., walking groups), and financial incentives that support active commuting

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Out of town bypasses

Some Evidence

Establish roads that avoid built-up areas such as towns, cities, or commercial/business districts

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Safe Routes to Schools

Scientifically Supported

Promote walking and biking to school through education, incentives, and environmental changes; often called SRTS

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Speed enforcement detection devices

Scientifically Supported

Use devices such as speed cameras, radar, etc. to enforce speed limits; devices can be permanent fixtures or be used manually by law enforcement officers

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Traffic calming

Scientifically Supported

Modify the built environment to affect traffic speed and patterns via speed bumps, pedestrian refuge islands, roundabouts, etc.

Housing and Transit  ·  Community Safety

Walking school buses

Scientifically Supported

Arrange active transportation with a fixed route, designated stops, and pick up times when children can walk to school with adult chaperones

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Zoning regulations for land use policy

Scientifically Supported

Use zoning regulations to address aesthetics and safety of the physical environment, street continuity and connectivity, residential density and proximity to businesses, schools, and recreation, etc.

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise