Accelerating Effective Approaches for Engaging People in Active Transportation
Friday, May 19, 2017
New Student Union, UW-La Crosse
After a successful first annual conference, we are excited to begin working on our second annual Midwest Active Transportation Conference! Help grow the movement, and join us this spring for one day of active learning, networking, collaboration, and continuing education. We are celebrating the bonds of all who share an interest in empowering people in our communities by increasing awareness, implementation, and coordination of active transportation. Whether you work in Health Promotion, Community Health, Urban Design/Planning/Engineering, Transportation, or are a citizen advocate, our primary goal is encouraging and accelerating effective strategies for engaging people in active modes of transportation.
Offered in partnership with Urban Connections.
What is Active Transportation?
Active transportation is any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling. Physical inactivity is a major contributor to the steady rise in rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions in the United States. Many Americans view walking and bicycling within their communities as unsafe due to heavy traffic and a scarcity of sidewalks, crosswalks, and bicycle facilities. Improving these elements could encourage active transportation such as children biking to school or employees walking to work. Safe and convenient opportunities for physically active travel also expand access to transportation networks for people without cars, while also spurring investment in infrastructure to increase the comfort of the on-road experience to improve the appeal of active modes to all people.