Category Archives: Active Transport

Measuring Neighborhood Walkability across Communities in the U.S. Over the Past Three Decades

The evidence on links between neighborhood walkability and physical activity and body mass index remains limited because there have been few longitudinal studies with repeated measures of neighborhood walkability and health behavior and outcomes.  While large cohort studies with long-term … Continue reading

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National Geographic Cities Issue

Just a quick note:  The April 2019 issue of National Geographic focuses on Cities and how to redesign them to support health, sustainability and community.  The issue covers transit oriented design, China’s new urban design regulations, walking through Tokyo, the … Continue reading

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Free-floating Bike Share in Seattle

BEH member Steve Mooney recently led two studies regarding the use of the free-floating bike share system in Seattle.  (Free-floating bike share systems are systems that allow users to pick up and leave bikes anywhere within a service area rather … Continue reading

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Webinar – Urban Informatics: Studying How Urban Design Influences Health in New York City

On Thursday March 2nd at 3pm EST, Dr. Rundle will give a webinar entitled “Urban Informatics: Studying How Urban Design Influences Health in New York City” for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. You can register for … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Physical Disorder and Physical Activity Among Older Adults in NYC

Through the years, we have done a fair amount of work to collect and validate measures of neighborhood physical disorder – urban deterioration – using our CANVAS/Google Street View system. Neighborhood disorder is controversial construct and measure, not only because … Continue reading

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Measuring Pedestrian Activity Using GPS Logger Data

It has been suggested that GPS monitoring data can be used to estimate distances traveled and speeds of travel during active and non-active travel journeys and, that when combined with accelerometer monitoring, GPS data can be used to identify travel … Continue reading

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The CDC and DoT’s Transportation and Health Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Transportation just released the new Transportation and Health Tool, which provides easy access to data that examines the health impacts of transportation systems. The Transportation and Health Tool provides data … Continue reading

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DOHMH releases Data Brief on Neighborhood Walkability and Physical Activity

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene just released a Data Brief describing our collaborative research using data from the Physical Activity and Transit (PAT) Survey to study neighborhood walkability and physical activity in NYC.  This survey used GPS … Continue reading

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New Book on Urban Design

A new book by Reid Ewing and Otto Clemente, Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places (Island Press, 2013) includes a chapter by BEH researchers. The chapter, by Kathryn Neckerman, Marnie Purciel, James Quinn, and Andrew Rundle, reports on a … Continue reading

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Recent Research Papers

Several new papers from the group have come out in the past several months. In the Journal of Urban Health we published a paper showing that New Yorker’s engagement in active transport, either walking or cycling, is positively associated with … Continue reading

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