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Road Diets: Fitter, Healthier Public Ways      
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Urban Traffic Calming and Health Inequalities: Effects and Implications for Practice
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Annotated Bibliography: Built Environment
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Links
Readings/Periodicals/Blogs/Tools
Built Environment. A long list of readings on the site of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health.

Public Health and Land Use Planning: How Ten Public Health Units are Working to Create Healthy and Sustainable Communities(2011). On the site of The Clean Air Partnership.

Interactive map for analyzing the built environment and services in Québec. In French, on the site of the INSPQ.

Environment and Planning - journals. Four journals available on the Environment and Planning website.

Active Transportation Canada (blog).

Healthy Canada by Design CLASP (blog).

Ideas/Best Practices/Examples
Examples Bank. Categories: Intersections, Stretches of Road, Bicycle Parking. On the site Fietsberaad (Netherlands) in English.

Planning By Design: a healthy communities handbook. On the site of Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

3 Way Street Video by Ron Gabriel. On the site vimeo.com.

StreetsWiki. Wiki site for transportation, urban environmental, and public space issues.

Revisiting Donald Appleyard's Livable Streets. Video on the site StreetFilms.org. "Documenting Livable Streets Worldwide".

National Complete Streets Coalition. (United States)

National Association of City Transportation Officials. (United States) Features a series of best practice videos.

Cities: successes at increasing public transit /active transport use and reduction of car use.
Vancouver.

New York.

Paris. (Transportation section in French only.)

Conference
Designing streets as public spaces in northern climate cities. Video of a public conference organized by Montréal's Urban Ecology Centre in February, 2010. On the site of WebTV.COOP.


Contact
François Gagnon

Olivier Bellefleur


Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review
This literature review examines the effects of traffic calming in urban environments on four determinants of health (collisions, air quality, noise, and active transportation).
Published in November 2011.  DescriptionDownload    3.6 MB
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Since traffic calming is a promising way to intervene on the built environment which seems to be gaining interest in Canada, the NCCHPP did a literature review examining its effects on four determinants of health, namely:

• The number and severity of road collisions,
• Air quality,
• Environmental noise, and
• Physical activity associated with active transportation.

The originality of this literature review lies mainly in its having a broader scope than road safety, and in its being structured to allow the comparison of the effects of two approaches to traffic calming: the black-spots approach and the area-wide approach.

Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review        
159 pages
  3.6 MB

Image - cover page of the document - click to download

For a quicker download, here is a lower-resolution version of the same document - 1.72 MB.

To facilitate reading, a bilingual glossary describing and illustrating the various traffic-calming measures referred to in the review, as well as summary tables of the evaluative studies included in the review, are published as appendices to the literature review and as separate documents.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.