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Healthy Compact Meeting 1 Jan 20 2010Posted by Catherine Cagle, MassDOT Manager, Sustainable Transportation

This month we had a terrific kick-off meeting the Healthy Transportation Compact! 

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jeff Mullan and Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby provided inspiration in leading the first meeting of the Compact, left.

The MassDOT transportation vision includes a strong commitment to pedestrian and bicycle access. Walking and bicycling move people out of single-occupant vehicles, reduce traffic congestion, and promote healthy lifestyles and a cleaner environment.

MassDOT will be ‘Leading by Example’ by supporting and promoting Bike Week 2010, in addition to establishing measures/incentives to promote healthy transportation commuter options among Commonwealth employees.

We are looking forward to a very strong collaboration that will increase efficiency to achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of land use, transportation and public health policy. In the coming weeks we will be assembling agency staff level team and our advisory committee.

At the kick-off meeting participants agreed to:

1. Identify needs and opportunities for promoting healthy transportation through a Gap analysis.
2. Establish a ‘Complete Streets’ policy per the MassDOT Highway Project Development and Design Guide.
3. Incentivize ‘"Complete Streets" design guidelines for all transportation projects that use any federal or state funds, including bond programs (e.g. PWED, STRAP) and Chapter 90).
4. Determine how to best use Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) as a tool to promote healthy transportation goals and outcomes.

For more information please check out our new MassDOT Healthy Compact web page and Health and Human Services' Mass in Motion link.

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