Active Communities Resources

Active Living: General Resources

Active Living by Design

Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach, Federal Highway Administration. 

Active Community Environments; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Complete the Streets

Creating a Healthy Environment: The Impact of the Built Environment on Public Health

Healthy Places, Healthy People: Promoting Public Health and Physical Activity Through Community Design, 2000

“Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design: A Guide for Public Health Professionals,” National Center for Bicycling and Walking, May 2002.

League of American Bicyclists

National Association of County & City Health Officials, Community Design and Land Use Planning

National Center for Bicycling and Walking

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Surface Transportation Policy Partnership

Thunderhead Alliance

Walkable Communities, Inc.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

Designing for Pedestrians

The Michigan Department of Transportation

MDOT Transportation Enhancement Program

Free Webinar on Pedestrian Engineering Treatments. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Design Guidance Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 2004. (additional cost applies)

Creating Walkable Communities: A Guide for Local Governments, Bicycle Federation of America Campaign to Make America Walkable.

Pedestrian Facilities Users Guide: Providing Safety and Mobility, Federal Highway Administration, 2002

How Communities Benefit from Access Management, Michigan Department of Transportation

Designing for Bicycling

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Biking in Michigan. 

MDOT Transportation Enhancement Program.

“Bicycle Facilities Reference Guide,” National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

General Bicycle transportation and safety information. League of Michigan Bicyclists

Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, ($) 

Design Guidance Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach

Model Design Manual for Living Streets

Designing for Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Program

ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Guidelines for Accessible Public Right-of-Way

Building Coalitions/Tools for Advocacy

Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide

“Building a Team,” Minnesota Department of Health

Advocacy and Education Toolkit, League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Community Audits




Community Resources

Promoting Physical Activity—A Guide for Community Action

Walking incentive programs:


Costs and Economic Benefits of Active Living

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors: A Resource Book

“The Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space,” The Trust for Public Land, 1999.

Investing in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal and Competitive Advantages of Smarter Growth Development Patterns, Brookings Institute, 2004.


Neighborhood Associations of Michigan (NAM)

Street Design Guidelines for Healthy Neighborhoods

Parks and Recreation

“Public Playground Safety Checklist,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Bicycle safety and education workshops.

“What Role Can Design Play in Creating Safer Parks?” Project for Public Spaces.

Safe playground standards

Policies and Planning

Exemplary Pedestrian Plans, 2005, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation, Smart Growth Network, 2002.

National Conference of State Legislature, Healthy Community Design

Nonmotorized Plans and Guidelines

Smart Growth America

Public Spaces

“Eleven Principles for Transforming Public Spaces into Great Community Places,” 

Public Transportation

American Public Transportation Association.

Best Practices in Smart Growth and Transportation 2004 Competition

Community Transportation Association of America

Pedestrian- and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth

Guide to Park-and-Ride Facilities

Passenger Transportation Division


Walk-to-School Programs


Safe Routes to School programs:


Physical Education Programs and Physical Activity in Schools

Healthy Schools Action Tool (HSAT)

Shared-Use Paths and Trails

“Bicycle Facility Selection Guide,” The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

“Bicycle Facilities Reference Guide,” National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance 

Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, The Conservation Fund.

Funding for walking and biking trails:

Shopping Areas

“Big-Box Sprawl (And How to Control It),” The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Traffic Calming and Safety

Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Traffic Calming: State of the Practice

Streets and Sidewalks, People and Cars: The Citizen’s Guide to Traffic Calming

Traffic Calming


Choices for Commuters

Designing Healthy Environments at Work

Non-motorized Commutes to Work

Employee wellness programs. American Cancer Society (Active for Life, 800-ACS-2345) or the American Heart Association (Heart at Work)

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Michigan Resources

Michigan Health Tools

Cool Cities

Healthy Michigan

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports/Michigan Fitness Foundation

Michigan Association of Planning

Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Department of Education

Michigan Department of Transportation

Michigan Environmental Council

Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Michigan Municipal League

Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Michigan Parks and Recreation Association

League of Michigan Bicyclists

Prevention Research Center of Michigan

Regional or Metropolitan Planning Organizations: