There are several land use planning and development programs, policies, and organizations that support or complement Safe Routes to School efforts.
Schools and Their Communities
- Center for Cities and Schools: Conducts research, provides education and facilitates collaborative policy making between local governments and school districts to help improve urban and metropolitan communities and public education.
- Joint Use Task Force: Promotes the communal sharing of indoor and outdoor recreational spaces with model policies, best practices, and success stories.
Promoting Physical Activity
- Active Living Research: Contributes to the prevention of childhood obesity in low-income and high-risk racial/ethnic communities by supporting research to examine how environments and policies influence active living for children and their families.
- Center for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Guide: This section of the Community Guide includes environmental and policy approaches that provide opportunities, support, and cues to encourage people be more physically active.
- Using Local Land Use Laws to Facilitate Physical Activity: This brief from bridging the gap explores the extent to which local land use law require structural improvements that facilitate physical activity.
Integrating Health Into Planning
- Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans: A Primer for California’s Public Health Community on Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies, 2012: Prepared by Transform in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, this guide helps demystify Regional Transportation Plans, identify ways to incorporate health-promoting strategies, and presents case studies.
- American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center: Conducts research, outreach, and education and develops policy guides dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices.
- Healthy Transportation Network: Provides walking and bicycling safety information and resources and provides trainings to local stakeholders interested in creating environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling.
- Humboldt Partnership for Active Living’s Healthy Development Checklist: A qualitative checklist for citizens and planners for project, neighborhood, and community health assessment in rural areas.
- Institute for Local Government (ILG) promotes good government at the local level with resources for California communities, including a series of Healthy Neighborhoods resources on topics such as safety, planning and community design, transportation, and housing.
- National Complete Streets Coalition: Works for the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies that ensure that roads are designed, built, and operated for the safety of everyone using them, whether driving, riding a bicycle, catching a bus, walking, or using a wheelchair.
- Local Government Commission: Provides technical assistance and networking to local elected officials and other community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.
- Partnership for Prevention collaborated with the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at UC Berkeley, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce “Transportation and Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier People and Communities.”
- Prevention Institute: Promotes policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life, including improving environments supportive of healthy living.
- Public Health Law & Policy’s Planning for Healthy Places: Researches best practices, provides guidance, and develops policies for using land use plans to support community health and well-being in a diverse range of communities; a new tool includes their Roadmap for Healthier General Plans.
- San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Healthy Development Measurement Tool: A comprehensive evaluation metric to consider health needs in urban development plans and projects.