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active design supplement: promoting safety

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Injuries are the leading causes of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, with transportation-related injuries the most common cause. Research overwhelmingly shows that many planning strategies which address the design of neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces can reduce the risk of injury while also increasing walking, bicycling and access to public transit. Similarly, many building design strategies that affect where individuals live, work, and play can promote increased safety and an active lifestyle.

Promoting Safety was developed in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Society for Public Health Education. Other agencies contributing to the document include the NYC Departments of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Buildings, and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.  The Office of Creative Services at the NYC Department of Design and Construction provided assistance with graphics and layout of the document.  The document also received support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention and Control.

As the first of the a series of supplements to New York City's Active Design Guidelines, and drawing from existing research as well as industry best-practices, this document provides design guidelines on increasing safety for individuals and venues while also promoting health and physical activity within the built environment. In total, 18 complementary urban scale and 9 building scale strategies were identified by drawing on existing studies and well-accepted best practices for maximizing safety.

Suggested Citation: Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Society for Public Health Education, Active Design Supplement: Promoting Safety, Version 2, 2013

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Alcohol & Transportation Safety

William A. Bronrott, a delegate in Maryland General Assembly, has been working to make our roads safer for almost three decades. Motor vehicle safety is a theme that has repeated itself throughout Bronrott’s life. As a child, a student and an adult, he has been affected by the sudden loss of friends, neighbors and loved ones in car crashes. 
He was moved to action in 1979 when a friend, Cindi Lamb, and her infant daughter Laura were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Laura’s spinal cord injury made her the nation’s youngest quadriplegic.


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