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Aging and Safe Active Transportation: Issues and Courses of Action for Public Roadway Development
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Raised Crosswalks and Continuous Sidewalks: "Pedestrian Priority"
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Registry of recommendations that foster safe and active transport

Health Impact Assessment of the TOD Neighbourhood Project in Sainte-Catherine. Report on potential impacts and recommendations
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Innovative Municipal Norms Conducive to Safe Active Transportation: Introduction to a Series of Briefing Notes
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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).

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

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

Revisiting Donald Appleyard's Livable Streets. Video on the site "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.

New York.

Paris. (Transportation section in French only.)

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.

François Gagnon

Olivier Bellefleur

Road Diets: Fitter, Healthier Public Ways
This briefing note introduces the road diet, a traffic-calming measure that can help mitigate the impact of motorized traffic on health.
Published in September 2013.  DescriptionDownload  724 K

This briefing note discusses the road diet, an intervention that can mitigate the health impacts of motorized traffic on public roadways that carry through traffic. These roads are often quite dangerous and uncomfortable for the various users. The road diet consists of a reallocation of the space on these public roadways to accommodate uses other than motorized traffic.

The effectiveness of this intervention is considered "proven" by the Federal Highway Administration. It's also an intervention that is more and more commonly used, whether in urban, suburban or rural settings. In addition, its potential is very important because it may be relevant to all public roadways that are not used to full capacity - which is very common in North America.

In this text, the author defines road diets, shares some study results, and outlines some practical considerations for how to implement them.

Road Diets: Fitter, Healthier Public Ways
9 pages
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If you are interested in road diets, you might also be interested by the 3 videos we have published on the subject. To view the videos, click here.


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