ITE Quickbites: New Transportation and Health Resources

Transportation planning decisions affect our lives in many ways. New Quick Bites (short reports) published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers can help create healthier and happier communities.

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January 21, 2022, 6:00 AM PST

By Todd Litman


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Transportation and Health Resources

The following is a listing of the Institute of Transportation Engineer's most recent publications for this topic.

ITE QuickBite (Active Transportation): Transportation as a Determinant of Health

Transportation is much more than mobility; it is a social determinant of health (SDOH). Social determinant of health is a framework that recognizes that an individual's health status is influenced by factors at many levels. One such factor is the design of cities and communities, including transportation infrastructure. In fact, place is so influential for health status that an individual's zip code is a greater predictor of life expectancy than his or her genetic code.

ITE QuickBite (Active Transportation): Transportation as a Determinant of Health

Transportation is much more than mobility; it is a social determinant of health (SDOH). Social determinant of health is a framework that recognizes that an individual's health status is influenced by factors at many levels. One such factor is the design of cities and communities, including transportation infrastructure. In fact, place is so influential for health status that an individual's zip code is a greater predictor of life expectancy than his or her genetic code.

ITE QuickBite (Active Transportation): Transportation for Mental Health and Happiness

Transportation planning decisions can affect people's lives in many ways, including mental health and happiness (also called "subjective wellbeing" or "life satisfaction"). Following are various ways that certain transportation planning decisions can support mental health and happiness goals.

ITE QuickBite (Active Transportation): Health and Co-Benefits of Active Transportation

Active travel infrastructure is a proven strategy for increasing physical activity. How much more walking or cycling an individual or community obtains--the magnitude of the effect--depends on a variety of factors, including whether there are destinations within walking or bicycling distance, how direct the route is, and how safe and secure individuals feel.

Smart Communities and Health

Transportation’s Role in Public Health Transportation plays an important role in health, well-being, and quality of life. The transportation system provides access to goods and services critical to health such as affordable/healthy foods, health care, education, and career opportunities. Active transportation options are known to increase physical activity, reduce obesity, and lower rates of disease. Transportation is a top contributor to urban air pollution, with major impacts to respiratory and lung health. The transportation system has a significant impact on the health of our communities.

Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health: How Can We Do This?

A desire to protect and enhance public health has motivated improvements to arterial roads and corridors. There are countless "on the ground" examples that illustrate this. In 2016, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) published a report on its Healthy Corridor Project describing how four communities in the United States implemented improvements along specific corridors with the goal of making positive changes in the health of the people who live, work, and travel along them. The improvements targeted health by expanding the set of relevant issues to include food access, physical activity, economic opportunities, and affordable housing in addition to pedestrian and bicycle safety.

ITE’s Role in Integrating Transport & Public Health - Paper

ITE’s Role in Integrating Transport & Public Health - Presentation

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Hawaii Passes First Legislation Regulating Short-Term Rentals Statewide

The new law will give counties the power to limit number or short-term rentals and convert existing short-term rental units back into long-term residential housing.

May 13, 2024 - USA Today

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LA’s Abandoned Towers Loom as a “$1.2 Billion Ruin of Global Capital”

Oceanwide Plaza, shuttered mid-construction after its developer filed for bankruptcy, has stood vacant on prime Los Angeles real estate since 2019.

May 21, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

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Ohio Towns Move to Ban New Car Washes

City officials in northeast Ohio are putting limits on how many car wash facilities can open in their towns.

May 16, 2024 - News 5 Cleveland

Aerial view of Oceanwide Plaza skyscrapers covered with graffiti tags.

LA’s Abandoned Towers Loom as a “$1.2 Billion Ruin of Global Capital”

Oceanwide Plaza, shuttered mid-construction after its developer filed for bankruptcy, has stood vacant on prime Los Angeles real estate since 2019.

May 21 - The Architect's Newspaper

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NHTSA Launches Investigations Into Two More Self-Driving Automakers

The federal agency is responding to reports of crashes and erratic behavior from Waymo and Zoox vehicles.

May 21 - Smart Cities Dive

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Austin Reduces Minimum Lot Size

Smaller lot sizes for single-family homes can make construction more affordable and homeownership available to more households.

May 21 - The Texas Tribune

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