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Human-centered Mobility Principles


American communities are at a crossroads. Transportation and related land use decisions are central to building healthy places for healthy people. The past decade has seen a notable rise in demand and opportunities for people to walk and bike, shared cars and bikes have quickly become a staple of metropolitan life, and many cities are now growing substantially around walkable neighborhoods and transit access. Small towns and rural communities are also seeking ways to increase walking and biking, largely for economic and health reasons. Auto-centric community design is still the norm, but we are seeing more exceptions to the rule and newfound willingness to address tough issues, like speed management and parking requirements. Further, communities are now beginning to grapple with potentially disruptive technologies, such as automated vehicles, which could support or undercut trends favoring human-centered mobility.

McKelvey Park | Photo by Mark Lehmann

The Partnership for Active Transportation has developed these shared principles to guide our collective and individual work to shape mobility and community design choices facing our society by putting people and places first.

  1. Safety
  2. Streets are public space
  3. Public engagement and equity
  4. Data
  5. Affordability

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We're a broad-based coalition of nonprofit, for-profit and public sector entities working together to create healthier places for healthier people by supporting increased public investment in walking and bicycling as essential modes of transportation.

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