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January 2020 Newsletter

Transportation and Health Equity

Check out this new national resource, then scroll down for local stories and events.

The State of Transportation and Health Equity

"There is a role for everyone in this report, whether you are
an engineer, public health advocate, funder, or elected official."

The State of Transportation and Health Equity, released last month by Smart Growth America, identifies the biggest challenges to health equity facing our transportation system and the best tools to address the problem. Developed through rigorous feedback from a huge panel of experts from around the county (including some from Arizona), the report presents 6 critical areas that must be addressed to advance health equity.
Stakeholders must:
  • Reframe the transportation conversation
  • Allocate funding and resources equitably
  • Improve the quality and diversity of transportation leadership
  • Prioritize historically underrepresented communities in transportation decision-making
  • Work in unison to provide people-focused infrastructure
  • Invest in communities without displacement
Smarth Growth America also released an interim update to it's full 2019 Dangerous by Design report. The 2020 interim update shows that, unfortunately, most states continue to see increases in deaths and serious injuries among people walking, biking and rolling. In the report, the top 10 most dangerous states for pedestrians remained the same as in 2019 report. See where Arizona ranks.

Is Vision Zero really possible?
Oslo saw zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2019. Here's how they did it.

An Oslo street before and after the city's redesign. City of Oslo

In Oslo, Norway, a city the size of Washington DC, zero pedestrians and bicyclist fatalities were reported in 2019 - though the city did see one death from a single vehicle crash. Across the entire country, which has a population of over 5 million, no children under 15 died in roadway crashes. Meanwhile, 4,000 children are killed each year in traffic collisions in the US.

Progress toward Oslo's Vision Zero goal was uneven in the City's early years of the program, however, recent success has been linked to dramatic steps the city has taken to allow fewer cars into the city's center and around schools. Reducing the number of cars has reduced the number of traffic fatalities.

As cities across the US continue to adopt and struggle with their own Vision Zero policies, such as the City of Tempe, we remain hopeful that City Officials will make bold moves to make an even bolder impact.

National Conversation about Tempe's New Car-free Community
Last month, news outlets across the US caught wind of Tempe's new car-free housing development, Culdesac Tempe, which began a series of interesting discussions. Culdesac Tempe residents won't be allowed to drive or park personal vehicles on the property. This will be the first dedicated, car-free residential development in the US.

Some parking will be available for visitors to access the planned 24,000 square feet of retail space included in the property, however, relaxed zoning codes and waived parking spot requirements means more space for landscaping, public courtyards, green space and parks among the 636 residential units. Sounds like a Livable Community to us... The Congress for New Urbanism cited Opticos Designs' urban designer in saying that Culdesac's new development a game changer, "...especially in a region that has a long history of auto-dominated development pattens."

Others argue that banning cars in Tempe or elsewhere won't solve America's bigger transportation problem: the need to travel long distances to access economic opportunity. Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program says: "... we need to make it easier for more people to live in places where shorter trips are the norm, and driving across an inefficient and inequitable built environment isn't always necessary."

Registration Now Open - Arizona Healthy Communities Conference

This year’s conference will highlight emerging issues that affect the most vulnerable populations in our state. Dynamic speakers will address the health impacts of climate change and engaging panelists will discuss collaboration opportunities for health care and community-based organizations to improve well-being.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
Desert Willow Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Click here to Register

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