Complete Streets is a transportation and design concept in which streets are designed to be safe and accessible to all users and modes of transportation. From a public health perspective, Complete Streets can play an important role in promoting healthy behaviors by increasing trips made by foot, bicycle, and transit. This brief summarizes the results of a study which examined the association between Complete Streets policies at the county and municipal levels in the United States and taking public transit to work. This analysis found that having a Complete Streets policy was associated with significantly higher rates of taking public transit to work after adjusting for community characteristics. At the municipal level, rates of taking public transit to work were 11.3 percent in municipalities with Complete Streets policies as compared to only 5.2 percent in municipalities without Complete Streets policies. At the county level, rates of taking public transit to work were 6.9 percent in counties with Complete Streets policies as compared to only 2.5 percent in counties without Complete Streets policies.
Exploring the Association Between Complete Streets Policies and Taking Public Transit to Work
Complete Streets is a transportation and design concept in which streets are designed to be safe and accessible to all users and modes of transportation. This report summarizes findings from a qualitative study of eight communities that had identified equity as a priority in their Complete Streets policy to identify … More
Complete streets policies have existed since the early 1970s. These policies typically require that all road construction and reconstruction create streets that are safe and convenient for all users and all modes of transportation. The purpose of this project is to examine the equity and active living-oriented components of complete streets … More
One of the most pressing unmet challenges for preventing and controlling epidemic obesity is ensuring that socially disadvantaged populations benefit from relevant public health interventions. Obesity levels are disproportionately high in ethnic minority, low-income, and other socially marginalized U.S. population groups. Current policy, systems, and environmental change interventions target obesity-promoting … More