To transform our communities into healthy places, we need to invest in creating streets and neighborhoods that make regular physical activity easy to achieve through healthy walking and bicycling. When people walk and bike for transportation, they incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, which improves a variety of health outcomes. But communities can’t develop robust active transportation networks that support a range of users without adequate funding. The good news is that local governments can employ proven active transportation financing strategies to create active communities, improving health and well-being for everyone in communities— children, families, and older adults.
A new report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Investing in Health: Robust Local Active Transportation Financing for Healthy Communities, will help health professionals and others understand why we need robust active transportation financing, what the evidence shows, and how we can use funding to create healthy, active communities. The report explains what active transportation financing is and how it works, sets out the benefits of increased active transportation financing in local government, examines different approaches in local communities, and explores important considerations regarding policy goals and campaign directions.