Health

April 14, 2009, 10am PDT
Researchers are teaming up with Boston community members to study how living close to freeways can be harmful to residents' health.
The Boston Globe
Blog post
November 19, 2008, 2pm PST

A paradigm shift is changing the way we think about transportation safety. In the past, traffic safety experts evaluated risk using distance-based units (traffic crashes and casualties per 100 million vehicle-miles or billion vehicle-kilometers), which ignores increases in vehicle traffic as a risk factor, and mobility management as a safety strategy. Yet, we now have overwhelming evidence that the amount people drive has a major impact on their chance of being injured or killed in a traffic accident. Here is a small portion of the evidence:

Todd Litman
May 1, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Seattle's new local food initiative will try to help provide access to health, fresh food in neighborhoods that are a long walk or bus ride from a supermarket.</p>
Seattle Post Intelligencer
April 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This 12-part video series from <em>Vice</em> gives a gritty look at the Texas-sized patch of plastic flotsam that has formed in the Pacific Ocean -- and the global environmental and health hazards it presents.</p>
VBS
Blog post
November 20, 2007, 6am PST

Many families move to sprawled, automobile-dependent suburbs because they want a safe place to raise their children. They are mistaken. A smart growth community is actually a much safer and healthier place to live overall.

Todd Litman
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