REGIONAL HEALTH AND TRANSPORTATION
Bridging health and transportation is of great importance to WAMPO to aid and improve the communities in the region. Since the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act, in effect since 1970, and similar laws and regulations, the links between our environments, whether urban or rural, and public health have become clearer and clearer.
A significant point of contention in health and transportation is whom to prioritize. Who are our cities being built for? It has become increasingly common for significant building developments to be built on a scale that befits cars over humans. When rebuilding the House of Commons after its destruction during the German Blitz, Winston Churchill stated that “we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.”
The ideal urban
environment is connected and walkable, meaning neighborhood streets are connected via direct routes to places, have a high residential density, pedestrian oriented retail, homes near commercial businesses and institutions, and mixed land use.
Four aspects of health are affected in some form by transportation: access to goods and services, physical health and obesity, mental health and stress, and pollution and air quality.
COVID-19 and Transportation
Changes in Daily Vehicle Miles Traveled (DVMT) per county from 2019 to 2020.