Healthy Community Design
Complete Streets policies make sure that streets are designed to serve all modes of transportation, including bike lanes, bus lanes, crosswalks, and sidewalks. These policies make streets safer for individuals by increasing visibility for bikers and pedestrians while leading to decreased traffic congestion.
Smart Growth America found that by 2014, 634 county, city, and regional entities had passed such policies, and provides resources for creating Complete Streets policies that are responsive to a community’s context.
Source: Smart Growth America, 2014
Indoor air laws are an example of how evidence-based policy can improve the environment. While smoking is not the only contributor to air quality, it is one that’s been proven to be dangerous to workers, patrons, or anyone exposed to secondhand smoke on a continual basis. Maintaining air quality reduces the rates of lung cancer and asthma complications.
Measuring the percentage of people who are covered by comprehensive smoke-free indoor air laws is one indicator that health is protected as a matter of policy. Comprehensive laws cover workplaces, restaurants, bars, and gambling establishments; Americans for Nonsmokers Rights collects and analyzes data about such laws.