a bicyclist rides along Lakeshore Path near a flowering tree

Health-Oriented Transportation

It’s difficult to be healthy when the world around you is not. Today, 85 percent of Americans live in metropolitan urban areas where transportation infrastructure, developed for the car, undermines their health.

With the Initiative for Health-Oriented Transportation (HOT), the Global Health Institute aims to improve community health by encouraging walking and bicycling. HOT promotes human and planetary health by advancing sustainable urban transportation design that makes active transportation more accessible and desirable for adults and children.

HOT will help identify which changes to the built environment have the most impact on active travel and health, giving transportation planners and policy makers the best possible evidence they need to design cities that support public health.

What We Do

  • Create and maintain the Health-Oriented Transportation Model to examine the current and potential health benefits of active transportation.
  • Partner in the global research program, Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH), funded by the Wellcome Trust, with the aim to make cities healthier and more environmentally sustainable.
  • Host monthly HOT Topic seminars to showcase university and community members who work at the intersection of transportation and health.
three men stand together with their bicycles
GHI Director Jonathan Patz, right, joins Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) Mayor Ayenew Belay Engida, middle, and researcher Yimer Degu Ayicheh on the Madison bike path. They work together on the Bike Friendly Bahir Dar project.