Transportation
Safety advocates warn against raising limits on truck size, weight

Safety advocates warn against raising limits on truck size, weight

A rise in fatalities and injuries caused by large truck crashes coupled with a push by industry for bigger and heavier trucks led U.S. leaders yesterday to warn against raising federal truck size limits.
APHA, partners share active transportation mission with Congress

APHA, partners share active transportation mission with Congress

The cost of inactivity in the U.S. is high, from chronic conditions such as obesity to rising health care costs.
Report reveals dangerous gaps among state traffic safety laws

Report reveals dangerous gaps among state traffic safety laws

An annual report tracking the adoption of essential traffic safety laws among states was released Wednesday, revealing new cause for concern.
Today is National Bike to School Day

Today is National Bike to School Day

Thousands of helmet-clad schoolchildren from across the U.S. hopped on their bicycles this morning for National Bike to School Day. Today marks the second annual observance that celebrates safe, healthy routes to school.

Crash deaths increase as states lag in adopting highway safety laws

A new report shows states are falling behind in adopting 15 basic traffic safety laws amid an increase in highway crash deaths.

Report: Public health professionals are vital to safe transportation

Transportation influences the well-being of Americans every day. However, many don’t know the impact they can have in making commuting safer, cleaner and healthier.

Transportation programs promote active communities, reduced obesity

The increasing role of transportation and number of fast food restaurants in America are both leading to obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Webinar: Transportation options promote better health outcomes

Health impact assessments and improved and more accessible transportation options can reduce health inequities and produce a higher quality of well-being, according to presentations in an APHA webinar Wednesday.

Study: Cyclists using bicycle-sharing programs much less likely to wear helmets

As bike-sharing programs gain in popularity, a timely study from the American Journal of Public Health finds that cyclists utilizing a bike-sharing program in Washington, D.C., are much less likely to wear helmets than their counterparts riding personal bicycles.

Weight of the Nation series highlights transportation’s potential to help fight obesity

In a recent post featured in Transportation for America’s blog, Susan Polan, associate executive director of APHA, offers her thoughts on why providing sustainable, safe transportation options is integral to building healthier, more active communities.
Today is Bike to Work Day

Today is Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day events are being held today in other cities across the country in support of this healthy, alternative commute option.
Kids switch gears to celebrate National Bike to School Day

Kids switch gears to celebrate National Bike to School Day

Ditching their cars and opting for bicycles instead, parents and their children are participating today in National Bike to School Day. New polling data show a majority of Americans support increased federal funding for sidewalks, bike lanes and bike paths.