The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has signed a memorandum of
understanding to collaborate with Streetsmart, a nonprofit organization in
Oregon, USA that is developing an evidence-based transportation tool to
better integrate health into engineering practice. Currently in prototype
form, this online tool will help better integrate a wide range of
environmental and livability concerns, including health, into engineering
and planning practice.
Streetsmart Executive Director Kelly Rodgers explains, "The relationship
between certain transportation strategies, such as traffic calming, and the
goals we have for our communities, such as improved safety and health, have
been described and documented in the research literature. However, this
information isn't readily accessible to those who need it: planners,
engineers, elected officials, and the communities they serve. As an
interactive web-based tool, Streetsmart illuminates these relationships in
a visually rich and compelling way using the best evidence available,
making data that were generally inaccessible more actionable."
"This tool will help ITE members advance the goals of our Transportation
and Health initiative," said Jeffrey Paniati, ITE Executive Director and
CEO. "Helping our members and the greater transportation community make
meaningful connections between transportation practice and the health of
all transportation system users is of great importance. We're excited to be
working with Kelly Rodgers and her team at Streetsmart to effectively
publicize this information to the groups that need it most."
ITE will assist with the review and translation of research results, form
and support one or more potential user focus groups, recruit pilot agencies
and manage pilot projects, support applications for funding, and connect
ITE member transportation professionals to the availability and usefulness
of the tool.
Streetsmart, an incorporated nonprofit organization, gives you the evidence
and insight you need to prioritize, defend, and decide what transportation
solutions works best in your community. Our proof-of-concept prototype is
ready for your feedback. We're building partnerships and pursuing research
projects to build the beta version of Streetsmart. To learn more, visit
Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals
including, transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants,
educators, technologists, and researchers. Through meetings, seminars,
publications, and a network of more than 15,000 members working in more
than 90 countries, ITE is your source for expertise, knowledge, and ideas.
Learn more at www.ite.org