Transport and Health (TheCityFix)

Here is a post talking about the World Health Organization putting together a body of evidence that cities that invest in active transportation maintain healthier citizenry.

Every year, 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes each year. And physical inactivity is responsible for 3.2 million deaths and 19 million healthy life years lost annually.

Dr. Carlos Dora continues to describe the problem:

Contrary to popular belief, more road space actually leads to more congestion, not less. This creates a “vicious cycle,” Dora said. He gives the example of parents who fear that their children will be hurt on their walk to school, so they drive them by car, instead, but this makes congestion even worse, and children become even more physically inactive and obese, thereby exacerbating the public health problem.

via Transport and Health: Measuring the Link |

Bellingham, Washington Neighborhoods on Walk Score

Bellingham doesn’t have just one Walk Score–its neighborhoods each have walk sores!

Growth vs. sprawl (Kaid Benfield’s Blog)

Many cities in Europe are small, dense and surrounded by farmland. There are many benefits to this model. It makes me wonder: is un-shepherded real-estate development wise? It’s kinda like a “can but shouldn’t” scenario–we can develop all arable land into homes and malls, but that’s like fungal growth. There needs to be really strong stewardship in order to maintain relevant urban density, no? This is the way we reduce commuter miles, gain oil independence, encourage local agriculture and local economy, isn’t it?

You don’t really need growth to generate sprawl | Kaid Benfield’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.