) in response to the USDOT/FHWA notice of
proposed rulemaking on transportation planning. The NPRM specifies that
State DOTS and MPOs will have to take a performance-based approach to
planning and programming in these key areas: safety, infrastructure
condition, congestion, system reliability, emissions and freight movement.
More information on the NRPM can be found here:
The comment letter focuses on the simple principle that the impact of
transportation on physical activity levels ought to be a factor considered
in transportation plans. It’s about making smart decisions regarding
priorities that reflect key impacts of transportation. Whether certain
modes are eligible for funding or not isn't relevant to the question of
what we value when planning.
Elissa Fay Southward, Ph.D.
Healthy Communities Manager
2121 Ward Court N.W. 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037
On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:12 AM, <mbrenman001(a)comcast.net> wrote:
Us dot transportation enhancement funds can already be
used for walking
and biking projects. Rails to trails is already funded by fhwa. Usdot
already includes health in its extensive (probably more than any other fed
agency) ej efforts. Bikes already claim far more asphalt than their
commuter use in the us can justify. So no, unless the originator can
provide a better rationale, there's probably not a reason for anyone to
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Is there any point in non-US organizations signing this?
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1. Urge the U.S. DOT to consider public health in transportation
planning (Elissa Southward)
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:09:27 +0000
From: Elissa Southward <elissa(a)railstotrails.org>
Subject: [H+T--Friends] Urge the U.S. DOT to consider public health in
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Dear Health Partners,
Our transportation system has tremendous impacts on public health.
That's why it's a huge missed opportunity that the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) failed to include public health considerations in
their latest proposed rulemaking for transportation planning.
The Partnership for Active Transportation is circulating a sign-on letter
to encourage the U.S. DOT to require the inclusion of public health
considerations in transportation planning and to improve the provisions
related to walking and biking.
This will ensure that safe and convenient active-transportation networks
are available for millions of Americas, which will help prevent chronic
diseases and premature deaths associated with a lack of physical activity
and ultimately save billions of taxpayer dollars spent on health care.
Read the letter and sign on your organization before midnight on Monday,
Sept. 1, 2014.<
This sign-on letter is your organization's opportunity to join the
Partnership for Active Transportation and other groups across the country
in urging the U.S. DOT to make public health a consideration in
Please read the letter and sign on today<
be sure to share this letter with other organizations that might be
interested in joining this critical effort.
Elissa Southward, Ph.D.
Healthy Communities Manager
The Partnership for Active Transportation<
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