Category Archives: Safety

Using Google Street View to Understand Pedestrian Injury Risk

In 2013, an estimated 70 000 pedestrians were injured or killed by motor vehicles in the United States. In New York City more pedestrians than vehicle occupants have been killed by motor vehicles each year since at least 1910.  Pedestrian … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Safety and Physical Activity

Would you go for a walk around the block or in a local park if you thought your neighborhood unsafe and you would be in danger? At BEH, we care a lot about understanding constraints on outdoor physical activity, including … Continue reading

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Beyond Your Waist and Lungs: BEH Investigates Pedestrian Injury Risk

While most of our work to date has been concerned with physical activity, obesity and asthma, the built environment can also shape injury risk.  Nearly 5,000 pedestrians in the U.S. are killed by motor vehicles ever year, and a small … Continue reading

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Our Entry for the Knight News Challenge: How can we harness data and information for the health of communities?

We entered a project into the Knight News Foundation Challenge: How can we harness data and information for the health of communities?  Our proposal is to further develop our CANVAS: Street View project and make it available to researchers, agencies … Continue reading

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Obesity among Children from Low Income Families in NYC

Our recent paper in published in the journal Preventive Medicine looks at obesity among children in a means-tested preschool program in New York City.  Among the 11,562 children from low income families enrolled the program in 2004, 16% were overweight and 24% … 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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NY Post reported on our article about Neighborhood Attractiveness and BMI

Sunday’s NY Post included an article entitled “City Waist Lands” about our work on neighborhood attractiveness and BMI in New York City.  The research paper was originally published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  The … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Aesthetics, Safety and Active Transport

As you’d expect in a city like NYC, many people walk or bike to get around.  This active transportation can be an important component of physical activity, particularly in neighborhoods that make active transportation an attractive and safe option. Our … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Attractiveness and Safety

In a new paper just published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, our group examines neighborhood attractiveness and safety as predictors of adult BMI.  Attractiveness indicators, including sidewalk cafés, landmark buildings, and street trees were linked to slightly lower … Continue reading

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