Local transportation and health - Active community environments program

Communities that support active transportation work to improve the health and quality of life for Washington’s citizens by improving and increasing opportunities to be physically active. This includes creating places where people of all ages and abilities can easily enjoy walking and bicycling. This program is a transportation and public health partnership intended to:

  • Increase the adoption of Complete Streets policies
  • Promote safe and convenient walking and bicycling opportunities
  • Encourage mixed-use development and a connected grid of streets, allowing homes, businesses, schools, and stores to be close together and accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Provide a venue for public health and transportation coordination, networking and learning

A couple with a baby stroller using a walking trail

Active Community Environments Program in Washington State

WSDOT works together with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO), local agencies and health departments from across the state to develop Active Communities. With funding provided by the Center for Disease Prevention the state and regional agencies work to integrate complete streets, transportation, and health objectives. 

MPO/RTPO's, cities and health departments that have participated in the program include: 

  • Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council
  • City of Tacoma
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
  • Kitsap County Health Department
  • Klickitat County Health Department
  • Northeast Washington RTPO
  • Palouse RTPO
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Skagit Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Snohomish County Health Department
  • Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council
  • Spokane Regional Transportation Council
  • Thurston Regional Planning Council
  • Yakima Valley Conference of Governments

More information about DOH support for the program can be found here.

Active Community Environment Network

The Active Community Environments Network includes public health professionals and transportation planners from across the state.  Members participate in conference calls once every other month to learn about upcoming opportunities, network and share successes.  For more information about the Active Community Environments Program or to be included on the monthly conference calls contact Charlotte Claybrooke, Active Transportation Programs Manager.

More information:
Active Transportation Programs Manager