WWW.PROJECTACTION.ORGThe Transportation Connection to HealthyLiving in Small Urban & Rural CommunitiesRachel BeyerleResources & Publications ManagerEaster Seals Project ACTIONNADO 2013 Rural Transportation ConferenceGreenville, S.C. April 25, 2013
2Overview• Introduction to Project ACTION•National Focus on Healthier Living through Expanded TransportationOptions• Transportation Needs for Medical Services & Appointments• Wayfinding & Community Walking Improvements◦ Signs, pathways, pedestrian markings• Getting the community involved◦ Neighborhood groups, schools, senior centers,local officials• Infrastructure improvements for accessibility• Driver & Pedestrian Safety• Learning Events
3Easter Seals Project ACTIONA Few Facts…► Established in 1988► Funded through a cooperative agreement with theU.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration► Promotes cooperation between transportation industry and thedisability community to increase mobility for all► Provides education, technical assistance, resources & outreach► Staffed by Easter Seals staff members in Washington, D.C.
4What We DoIntroduction to Travel Training – San Mateo 2012• Offer in-person & online courses• Introduction to Travel Training• Print & online publications for awareness and education• Videos and online toolkits for education and communityengagement• One-on-one technical assistance on ADA, transit serviceprovision, accessible facilities• Who participates? Transportation Providers, Planners,Engineers, Advocates, Education Professionals, Service Providers
5 Rooted in livability principles: Transportation Choices & Housing Economic Competitiveness Community Revitalization Value Communities & NeighborhoodsWhy is this important to ESPA? Identify transport options for the 56 million people inthe U.S. with disabilities living in their communities Improve both pedestrian AND driver safety for all agegroups (including youth and older adults) Involve residents in community decision-making andtaking preventative steps to maintain their own healthNational Focus on Healthier Living& Accessible Transportation OptionsCredit: Stephen Davis, T4America
6New Resources to Involve Individuals in ImprovingWell-Being through Transportation• Planning for Transportation After Medical ServicesAdvisory Committees• Neighborhood Wayfinding Assessment Pocket Guide• Driver & Pedestrian Guide to Sharing the Road Safely
7Transportation & Medical ServicesPlanning for Transportation After Medical Services• Developed in partnership with the American MedicalAssociation for physicians and patients• Patients may not have thought about what to do if theycannot drive due to health• Encourages thought process on options, how to find outabout transportation• Starts conversation with healthcare professionals andfamily members• Decrease in missed appointments, improved recoveryand continued socialization of patients
8How You Can Get InvolvedPlanning for Transportation After Medical Services• ESPA plans to release a rural health version• Adaptable for veterans’ caregivers• Involve medical services professionals, public healthrepresentatives, patient navigators and mobilitymanagers in your planning process and advisorycommittees• Share availability of this guide with health professionalsand physician offices in your community
9Neighborhood InvolvementNeighborhood Wayfinding AssessmentPocket Guide• Developed in partnership with the CDC HealthyAging Research Network• Includes a built-in assessment tool of signs,pedestrian features, lighting & walkways• What is wayfinding & how to conduct anassessment• Assessment tool can be modified for rural,small urban & urban areas
10How You Can Get InvolvedNeighborhood Wayfinding AssessmentPocket Guide• Organize a neighborhood group to conduct a fieldcheck• Encourage county/city/MPO or RPO engineers andplanners to participate• Have a local official or state representativeinvolved—part of ward meeting, neighborhoodwatch, night out, school activity• Consider how assessment feedback can be usedin asset management
11Pedestrian & Driver Safety (May 2013)Driver & Pedestrian Guide to Sharing the Road Safely• Primary audience: drivers (newly licensed),walking & cycling commuters• Avoiding dangerous distractions• Driving, Walking, Bicycling – All haveresponsibilities• Reminders about crosswalks, turns & signals• Developed in response to requests for drivers tobe more aware of pedestrians with disabilities• Applies to all age groups
12How You Can Get InvolvedDriver & Pedestrian Guide to Sharingthe Road Safely• Raise awareness among traffic safety officers,local or campus police, DMVs, Drivers Ed, Schools• Include recommendations in your own training foremployees who regularly drive• Consider pathway, signage, obstruction removal,and signal changes that could improve pedestrianand driver sightlines
13Learning Events & Technical AssistanceDistance Education, Courses & Webinars•Accessible Transportation Technical Support (ATTS)• Experts to help you design a local plan, on-goingtechnical assistance, peer-to-peer connectionsJune 5thWebinar on Local Transit Agency Policy Development•Archived webinars on accessible communities, pedestriancrossings & environmental barrier analysis
14Let’s Get Moving!• 11% of U.S. transportation trips madeby walking; 40-45% will walk to work orshopping if it’s within a mile• Physical inactivity costs $177 billion peryear in medical costs; accounts for 16%of deaths (APHA)• Reduced rates of heart disease, high blood, Alzheimer’s,stroke, Type II Diabetes, certain forms of cancer,depression• An investment in accessibility encourages movement!Source: A Walking Revolution/Everybodywalk.org
15Contact Us• Explore our resources at www.projectaction.org• Sign up for a distance learning event• Call for technical assistance at (800) 659-6428Rachel Beyerle, Resources & Publications ManagerEaster Seals Project ACTION1425 K Street NW, Suite 200 • Washington, D.C. 20005(202) 347-3066 or (800) firstname.lastname@example.orgThe New YorkerCheck ourwebsite forevents &resources!We’re just aroundthe corner!