Considering public health in the transportation planning process is vital to advance the delivery of healthier communities, and underscores investments in walking and biking which are healthier travel options, Public health considerations include transportation options, access to goods and services, and issues such as air quality and traffic safety. Impacts of Covid-19 demonstrate on transportation have raised new planning considerations. By aligning transportation planning with public health, we can prioritize healthier communities and outcomes. Public health drives the overall strength and vitality of the environment in which we live.
Learn more about the TPB planning activities for this factor:
- Learn more about activities that support walking and biking
- Covid-19 Resources
- COG health page: Health – Planning Areas | Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (mwcog.org)
- Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by Virginia Commonwealth University for the COG Health Officials Committee, examined health at the census tract level as well as the factors that shape health.