Physical Activity: Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends built environment strategies that combine one or more interventions to improve pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems with one or more land use and environmental design interventions to increase physical activity. These interventions create or modify environmental characteristics in a community to make physical activity easier or more accessible. Coordinated approaches must combine new or enhanced elements of transportation systems (i.e., street connectivity, sidewalk or trail infrastructure, bicycle infrastructure, public transit infrastructure and access) with new or enhanced land use and environmental design features (i.e., mixed land use environments, access to parks and other public or private recreational facilities). Intervention approaches must be designed to enhance opportunities for active transportation, leisure-time physical activity, or both. Additional activities may be implemented to promote physical activity and use of new resources in the community.