Tuesday, November 17, 2015

USDOT Transportation and Health Tool

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created the Transportation and Health Tool that analyzes the health impacts of transportation systems. Information is available at the state, urbanized area, and metropolitan statistical area level. The tool analyzes transportation environment affects health issues such as safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations. The analysis is graded on a score of 0 to 100, which is then used to determine the state, urbanized area, or metropolitan statistical area's percentile.

As an example, Colorado is in the 100th percentile for a Complete Street's Policy but is in the 26th percentile for seat belt usage. The Fort Collins urbanized area, on the other hand, places in the 55th percentile for transit trips per capita. The Greeley MSA scores in the 73rd percentile for commute mode share by bicycle.

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