We have been focusing our efforts on sharing the findings from our literature review on urban traffic calming, as well as on several related documents that were published in 2012.
|In February 2012, we made two presentations at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada's (CDPAC's) conference. The first was a short overview of the literature review, highlighting the key findings, and the second focused on how traffic-calming interventions can contribute to reducing health inequities. To find out more, click here.
Then, in May 2012, we collaborated with CHNET-Works! to offer a webinar in French and in English to present the literature review. The recording can be consulted here (on the site of CHNET-Works!).
In June 2012, we organized a full-day preconference workshop for the Canadian Public Health Association's annual conference, in Edmonton. This included, besides a workshop and presentation relating to our literature review, presentations on context-sensitive through roads (or the smaller highways that pass through rural communities) and on « road diets » in suburban communities.
Image: Dan Burden. GrandviewDrive.UP
Our two invited guests included engineer Catherine Berthod who introduced Québec's efforts in developing context-sensitive through roads, and Dan Burden, the co-inventor of the concept of the road diet. In addition to posting their powerpoint presentations on our website, we have recorded and are currently editing videos featuring these two presenters, which we hope to post online soon. To find out more about the workshop click here
The Centre has also presented the literature review to Québec's Table de la sécurité dans les transports (transportation safety roundtable) in Montréal, in October 2012. This presentation will be posted online before the new year.
- Several publications are in production and are scheduled to appear soon. First, briefing notes on traffic calming and health inequalities and on roundabouts (traffic circles) are almost finished and will be published during the fall.
- Interviews with representatives of six regional health authorities, all partners in the Healthy Canada by Design Coalition (Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Island Health, Fraser Health, Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health, Direction de santé publique de Montréal) will also be published this fall. In these interviews, health authority respondents share their thoughts on their efforts to promote policies that support healthier built environments.
- We have also asked the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute, whose Executive Director is Dan Burden, to prepare a briefing note on road diets; this is in production.
- A paper on the redevelopment of context-sensitive through roads is also on our workplan. These latter two papers are scheduled to appear in 2013.
The Healthy Canada by Design Coalition is one of three CLASP (Coalition linking action and science for prevention) projects that will be renewed for financing by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) in 2013. During the coming year, the project will be approaching a smaller Canadian municipality in order to help that community develop a traffic calming strategy, as well as to document the related policy process.