Taking Healthy Streets to North America


The last few weeks I have been sharing experiences with colleagues in North America.

I took part in the first joint podcast between the ITE in the USA and CIHT in the UK with Dale Bracewell, the transport manager for Vancouver, and Bernie Wagenblast, host of Transportation Radio.  We discussed the approaches we are taking in London and Vancouver to embed health in transport planning and the challenges we are overcoming.

I went to Boulder, Colorado to meet the team at Peopleforbikes who are leading The Big Jump project working with 10 US cities to reimagine their bike infrastructure and measure the impacts of improving streets for people.

I then headed to San Francisco and the Bay Area where I met with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the team behind GroundPlay who are responsible for changing the look and feel of San Francisco streets like the one pictured above.

And finally I stopped off in Montreal where I met the City Council teams who have been working together to deliver an inspiring programme of public realm improvement projects. My reason for being there was to speak at the UITP Global Summit of Public Transport providers as part of their first ever session on transport and health.  There was a strong sense that transportation authorities are beginning to embrace their wider role in making cities great places to be.