Active Transportation in Sierra Vista


Active Transportation in Sierra Vista
Location Sierra Vista Arizona
Organization Arizona Department of Health Services; Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization (SVMPO) conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of several SVMPO policies and projects that support walking and biking. The HIA focused on how increased physical activity can improve health and explored the connections between the built environment and individual and community health. Its findings provided health-based guidance for updating the Sierra Vista Development Code, implementing SVMPO’s Safe Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes and Sidewalk Implementation plans, designing roadway projects, and drafting federal funding proposals for constructing sidewalks, bike paths, and other structures. The HIA was funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2016, August
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
  • Additional topic areas:
    Active transportation, Addictive substances and behaviors, Planning, Mental/behavioral health
  • Drivers of health:
    Clean air and water, Diet and physical activity, Safe and accessible active transportation routes
  • Community types:
  • Funding source:
    Other funding