Built for Walking: Safe Environments and Active School Transportation (AST)

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Synopsis

Pedestrian collisions are a persistent and growing problem in urban areas. Examination of the effectiveness of a variety of built environment interventions related to traffic is essential to prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In 2011, 65 children died and over 9000 were injured on Canada’s roads.  Pedestrian collisions account for approximately 25% of children’s road traffic fatalities.  Much of children’s exposure to traffic as pedestrians is during school travel. Walking to school has declined in Canada and initiatives to increase active school transportation are popular. While increased walking to school might benefit overall health, it may also increase collision risk.  In this presentation we look at the relationship between numbers of children walking to school and child pedestrian motor vehicle collisions, focusing on how different features of the built environment influence this relationship. Findings are encouraging in that they suggest that modification of the built environment may both promote walking and make it safer.  

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MacphersonAlison.jpgDr. Alison Macpherson

Dr. Macpherson is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.  She is the co-principal investigator on the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention, and holds a CIHR Chair in Child Health Services and Policy Research.  Her research is related to the prevention of childhood injuries generally, and the evaluation of policies designed to reduce injuries specifically.  Her PhD is from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science, preceeded by a Master’s in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University.

Headshot4.jpgDr. Linda Rothman

Dr. Rothman trained and worked as a pediatric occupational therapist. After completing a Masters in Community Health at the University of Toronto, she worked as an injury prevention research manager at Sickkids Hospital.   She completed a PhD in 2014 at the Institute of Medical Science, U of T, and is currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in conjunction with Child Evaluative Sciences at Sickkids.   Dr. Rothman’s research focuses on child pedestrian injury prevention related to school travel, and has been funded by Sickkids, the ONF and CIHR.  

Created by Ann Watkins on 2015/12/21 17:45