A bicyclist in the bike lane on University Ave.
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.

Join us for the HOT Impact Seminars

July 20: 4:00 p.m., “How to increase walking and bicycling: Mode shift theory and supporting studies,” Robert Schneider, associate professor of Urban Planning, UW-Milwaukee.

Join the seminar on WebEx.

Robert Schneider is an Associate Professor with practical and research experience in the sustainable transportation field. He teaches a pedestrian and bicycle transportation and a bus rapid transit (BRT) course and contributes to national and local research projects on data collection, safety, facility evaluation, and demand analysis for active transportation modes. His dissertation explored how people choose between pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile modes for routine travel.

Schneider has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and he has won paper awards from the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee in 2001 and 2012 and the World Society of Transport and Land Use in 2014. His recent research projects have produced National Cooperative Highway Research Program reports on pedestrian and bicycle counting and project prioritization, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation report summarizing statewide pedestrian and bicycle crash trends and characteristics, statistical models to predict how neighborhood residents commute to work, and insights about overcoming barriers to bicycling in communities of color based on the results of a bicycle education and group riding program in Milwaukee.

The webinar will be on Webex.

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.