The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently gifted the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health $1 million to promote active transportation in the Pittsburgh area. In an article on PittNews.com, Danielle Fox mentions that "Pitt Public Health will put the funds toward its continued efforts with WalkWorks, a four-year initiative that began in July 2010 and promotes active transportation — like walking, jogging or biking — in counties surrounding the city." This is an exciting opportunity for the City of Pittsburgh to utilize public funding to promote multimodal transportation in multiple districts throughout the city.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
WalkWorks is a collaboration between Pitt Public Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and local groups such as Washington County Health Partners, Inc.
“WalkWorks promotes active transportation by identifying infrastructure needed for pedestrian activity. This is a goal of our multi-modal transportation system in Pennsylvania,” Mark Magalotti, co-director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, said in a University statement.
Linda Duchak, associate director of the Center for Public Health Practice at Pitt Public Health, said in a University statement that a team will work with health care providers, social service agencies and local governments to map and mark safe walking routes and establish walking groups, according to the University statement.
“The goal is to influence local and regional planning efforts so that pedestrian facilities are considered and enhancements are made to the existing transportation network,” Duchak said.