health

New study details non-emission particulates

By Michael Brenneis Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles deserve a lot of attention, but particulates from vehicles are also a significant health concern. Tiny soot particles can be inhaled deeply into the lungs. Larger-sized particles can contaminate nearby fields and groundwater, and deliver

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup

By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more

U.S. gets “F” for design and policy to support walking while pedestrian fatalities rise

By Robbie Webber A national coalition of prominent health organizations issued a failing grade to the country as a whole and the vast majority of states when they looked at whether community designs and policies support walking. At the same time, recently-released traffic safety data show a

A toolkit to measure and value “community severance” due to traffic

By Erin Evenhouse A high-traffic road can divide a community in more ways than one. Researchers haven’t always been able to show to what extent such roads can harm a community’s access, health, or quality of life. A new study outlined in the latest volume of the Journal of Transport and

Google’s Street View cars are measuring and mapping air pollution

By Rayla Bellis Last week, Google and the Environmental Defense Fund published the first in a series of maps with data on pollution levels collected using Google Street View vehicles. The initiative, a partnership between EDF, Google Earth Outreach, and San Francisco-based company Aclima, will

Crashes fuel U.S. death-rate increase

By Eric Sundquist A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made headlines last week for showing a decrease in Americans’ life expectancy in 2015—a reversal of a decades-long positive trend. One element of the brief report is of special interest to transportation

Motor vehicle dependence is making us sick: How transportation and urban planners are part of the solution

By Mary Ebeling A recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet focuses on prevention strategies for the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stemming from an unsustainable reliance on a transportation system reliant on fossil fuels. Such diseases include such as traffic

U.S. scores poorly in relationship between transportation sustainability and human capital

By Robbie Webber A paper published by University of Connecticut Engineering and Geography faculty, titled Relationship between quality of life and transportation sustainability in the United States and selected European countries, offers a look at whether the burdens of transportation systems are

Breathe easy: Sleep apnea and transportation safety

By Mary Ebeling Obstructive sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep, sometimes as many as 400 times a night. The condition results in increased daytime drowsiness and reduced reaction time among sufferers, and this has drawn the

Canadian study links moving to walkable neighborhood with lower BMI in men

By Robbie Webber Research in the last ten years has linked walkability, improved pedestrian environments, mixed-use development, and even older housing stock—a proxy for neighborhoods built for walking as opposed to driving—with improved public health measures related to weight. A new