public health: books, reports and contacts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide for Community Action to Promote Children Walking to School.  This  step-by-step handbook  promotes healthier, safer life styles for kids.   From 1977 to 1995, the number of walking and biking trips made by children declined by 63 percent.  Dependence on cars for transportation and television for entertainment has left kids overweight and out of shape. Yet many parents keep kids off the streets for fear of accidents and crime. The manual offers practical suggestions for organizing a community-based walk-to-school program, including tools for assessing the number and condition of trails and sidewalks. For more information, contact Jessica Shisler at the CDC: 

Voices from America:  Ten Healthy Community Stories from Across the Nation.  A publication of the Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities and the Health Research and Educational Trust.

Environmental Working Group and the Surface Transportation Project, Mean Streets,(Washington, D.C., April 1997)  Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year to make America's roads safer, yet from 1986 to 1995, approximately 6,000 pedestrians were killed by automobiles each year, and more than 110,000 were  injured. 

Suburban Disconnect: Human needs overlooked when growth is unplanned.Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 1995.

Is Your Life Hazardous to Your Health?, Walking Magazine, January/February 1999.

Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network (JVSV):
Healthy Community - Healthy Economy initiative.  JVSJ is a nonprofit regional collaborative that brings together people from business, government, education, and the community to act on regional issues affecting economic vitality and quality of life.