Transportation Policy Recommendations in the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan

At a Glance:

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Date: 2010

Vital Condition: Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: active transportation, transit system, traffic safety, clean air, clean water, active transportation

Affected Population: People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Literature review

Community Types: urban

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This HIA explored seven transportation recommendations made in the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) and looked at the health impacts of each policy as it relates to physical activity, air pollution and collisions. Recommendations encouraged the full adoption of the transportation policies found in the CEAP—as they were found to have the potential to improve the public’s health—especially those policies that facilitate “active transportation” (transportation options such as bike lanes and public transit, which have been shown to increase daily exercise). Strategies to promote urban density and investments in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure were also recommended. Special consideration to ensure that the benefits of transportation investments reach vulnerable populations was also recommended. Finally, the HIA provided recommendations for ongoing monitoring of health outcomes and risk factors such as collision rates.

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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