Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design 2010 Update

A Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Livable Community Advocates

National Center for Bicycling & Walking

In healthy communities -- not just in the movies -- walking and bicycling are
normal parts of daily life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls these kinds of places Active Community Environments (ACEs). It recognizes that providing for active living through community design is a health issue.

This guide tells you how to help create places for people to walk and bicycle. This doesn't just mean special trails, though those might certainly be an important element of an overall plan. Creating an active community environment means taking a look at the broader scope of where there are, and are not, opportunities to safely walk and bicycle. It involves land use design, retrofitting the transportation infrastructure, funding and much more.

Filed in: Health, Promoting Walking and Bicycling

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