King County Studies Land Use, Health, and Pollution

Stromberg, Meghan
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p52
Trade Publication
The article discusses findings of King County, Washington's study that links land use, transportation, air quality and health. According to Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, the purpose of the study is for King County to inform its own land-use, transportation and transit decisions. The study showed that 42 percent of trips in the county are three miles or less, mostly distances easily traveled on foot or bicycle. Residents in the most interconnected areas of the county travel 26 percent fewer vehicle miles per day than those in sprawling areas. Transit and walking are synergistic. Walking is more prevalent where transit is convenient and efficient. A higher proportion of respondents in the more walkable communities got at least 30 minutes of moderate and vigorous activity per day.


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