Links and Sources

Links for The Neighborhood

Childhood Obesity
Run by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this site presents childhood obesity rates and tools to prevent obesity.

International Walk to School Day
Founded in 1997, this group encourages parents and city leaders to promote a more walkable environment.

Kids Walk to School
Compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this site provides resources such as a powerpoint for community meetings, lesson plans to use in classroom, and downloadable brochures.

Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Shares community success stories that encourage biking to school as well as the stunning statistic that 26% of Marin morning commute traffic in 2000 was school related.

Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey
Managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, this 1969 survey presents data on travel patterns to school for students between 5 and 18 years old.

National Center for Safe Routes to School
This 2009 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey shows the declining number of children who bike or walk to school.

Reconnecting America
This non-profit organization aims to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve. This site has charts, graphs and factoids on transportation and transit orientated development.

Surface Transportation Policy Partnership
Working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices, this site has state by state statistics on pedestrian safety, regional congestion, and household transportation expenditures.

Links and Sources

Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing and Transportation Index
Americans traditionally consider housing affordable if it costs 30 percent or less of their income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated with place.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Hosts a range of data from this government agency on aging, workplace, obesity and life expectancy.

Community Health Status Indicators
Run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health.

Data.gov
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. There are thousands and thousands of data sets on this site from across government agencies.

Data Driven Detroit
Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making to strengthen communities in Southeast Michigan.

Food Environment Atlas
Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this site explores food and environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—to see how they interact to influence food choices and diet quality.

National Atlas.gov
This website displays a collection of government data on demographics, agriculture, climate and transportation.

Walkshed New York
Walkshed New York uses an advanced methodology to calculate and map walkability in New York City.

Walkshed Philadelphia
Wakshed Philadelphia measures the walkability of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Walkscore
Ranks the walkability of the top 40 cities in the United States.