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Metropolitan Planning Organizations and state Departments of Transportation are two examples of regional and state government where the relationship between health and transportation can be brought in to the transportation planning and project prioritization process. The Nashville Area MPO has several projects related to health and transportation. These include but are not limited to: prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian projects according to areas with populations with highest amounts of health disparities, conducting a Health Impact Assessment of a Transit Oriented Development Project, providing Safe Routes to School bicycle and pedestrian education training to P.E. teachers throughout the MPO area, and conducting a study with Vanderbilt University on energy expenditure by mode of transportation.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will discuss state level efforts to link transportation and health including adopting language addressing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians in the State Strategic Highway Safety Plan, adding language and a test question on non-motorized modes to the state Drivers’ License Manual and exam, adopting a rumble stripe policy that addresses the comfort and safety of bicyclists, and training law officers across the state on bicycle and pedestrian laws.
The MPO and TDOT will also discuss efforts to include transportation into the statewide plan to address obesity in Tennessee.