Health

Economic Prosperity
Non Work Trips

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

Monday, July 20, 2015 10:03 AM

Each year in May, RIDE Solutions in Southwest Virginia hosts a Clean Commute Challenge as part of its National Bike Month activities. In the past, participants only logged commute trips, but for the 2015 contest, we opened trip types up to a variety of non-commute options, including dining, shopping, business meetings, religious services, and volunteer […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Commentary
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]






by Tarik Endale
Commentary
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Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]






by Chris Hamilton
Health
Vancouver bicyclist

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Friday, June 19, 2015 11:24 AM

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
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Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:29 PM

The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), the employer-outreach arm of Arlington County Commuter Services. Funded by a grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Groceries Bus stop

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:02 PM

A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket. Maybe you jump in your car for a 10-minute drive, or get on a bus or metro or your bike for a short ride. You likely don’t think much about this trip because it’s straightforward, simple. But in Baltimore, more than 73,000 people […]






by Chris Plano
Community Design
Esther Dyson

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Health
CaBi Union Station

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:11 PM

The Lincoln Memorial has the highest percentage of “casual riders” – typically assumed to be tourists who rent on the fly – on Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system., at 82.3 percent. We’ve never really had a view of how people are moving around the region on bicycle before CaBi came along and opened up its ridership […]






by Ted Eytan
Education
Bridge is off limits

Ohio Leading the Way in Connecting Dots Between Health and Transportation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:26 AM

For years, public health and community transportation planning worked together like kids at an sixth-grade dance: boys on one side, girls on the other. They see each other, but there’s not much, if any, mingling. But health and transportation professionals are learning more about and appreciating what they have in common with “the other side,” […]






by Bill Sadler
Economic Prosperity
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Bike Friendly is Business Friendly

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:42 PM

It has been well documented that having happy and fit employees helps productivity and the bottom line, but many businesses may be overlooking one of the cheaper ways to support a healthy work place: becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business through the League of American Bicyclists. And businesses in Arlington, Virginia may find earning that designation especially easy […]






by Henry Dunbar