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Public Health & Safety

Planning for public health was one of the primary initial concerns of American planners during the early years of the 20th century. It still remains a fundamental concern, whether in terms of flooding, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters — or in dealing with issues such as the impact of roadway design and vehicle speeds on the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, or with issues such as pollution.

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Take the Stairs … for Health

How often do you use the stairs when there’s an elevator available? Some public health advocates and architects are starting to give more attention to the value of stairs as a physical fitness tool.

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Effect of 20 mph Traffic Speeds on Injury Rates

One of the most important issues facing cities and towns is traffic safety. One key question is the extent to which the reduction in speeds can reduce accidents and injuries. Results from a recent British study shed some light on this.

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The Risk of Wildfire

Wildfires can be catastrophic for property owners — and communities. But this risk can be lessened with effective local planning and development policies.

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Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School programs are being implemented in communities across the country. Transportation planner Hannah Twaddell provides a primer on “SR2S.”