Transportation planning is increasingly being recognized as an important platform for population health improvement. While air quality may be the first health issue to come to mind, transporation planners and engineers influence how our communities are configured and determine the "walkability" & bike friendly nature of neighborhoods. Transform and the California Department of Public Health released an excellent primer/guide to regional transporation planning/plans (RTP)-Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans.
'"The guide is intended to help demystify RTPs, explain key components and requirements, identify "ways to incorporate health-promoting strategies into RTPs, and showcase short case studies of improving community health through RTPs. The guide is intended for public health and sustainable transportation professionals as well as local government officials. Ultimately, the guide should help decision-makers focus on strategies that not only improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also have dramatic health and health equity benefits."