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Health Impact Assessment in Transportation Planning

Health Impact Assessment in Transportation Planning

Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, in the northwestern corner of Oregon’s Clackamas County, was designed primarily for motor vehicle traffic rather than pedestrian traffic to its auto-oriented businesses and shopping areas. McLoughlin Boulevard can be an unsafe and inhospitable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. Clackamas County Public Health Division partnered with the Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development, and the Oregon Public Health Institute, an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit entity, to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of the “Active Transportation Road Safety Audit.” County public health staff looked at opportunities for physical activity; exposure to air and noise pollutants; and access to health supportive resources…….

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