Bernalillo County Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan

At a Glance:

Location: Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: active transportation, traffic safety

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Children and Youth, Older Adults, People Experiencing Homelessness, People Living in Poverty, People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: suburban

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This HIA, carried out by Bernalillo County Place Matters Team, evaluated the health impacts of the county Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Action Plan. The HIA focused on the plan’s potential impact to pedestrian and bicycle accessibility and safety along Mountain View’s Second Street. Several health determinants that could be affected by the plan were considered, including: increased physical activity; reduced motor vehicle use; increased social cohesion; increased safety; and increased overall health and well-being of residents. These determinants were examined in relation to health outcomes such as diabetes, obesity, mental health, and accidental injury or death. The HIA offered several recommendations for adoption of the plan, such as installing traffic calming devices; improving safety features of the elementary school zone; installing crosswalks, street lights and traffic signals; installing bus shelters at bus stops; installing sidewalks and walking paths; and rerouting truck traffic to improve safety and air quality.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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