The Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) (formerly Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO) is leading a US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study that encompasses Palm Beach County’s US-1 Corridor from Camino Real in Boca Raton to Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The purpose of the study is to develop a plan to implement improved multimodal facilities along the corridor, such as improved bus system, pedestrian and bike facilities.
As part of the study, the TPA and consultants implemented a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) study to examine the impact proposed changes to US-1 would have on the overall health of the communities served along the corridor. Healthier Jupiter was invited to be a part of the HIA Work Group where we helped identify priority health indicators. Together they include:
- Access to Healthcare and Healthy Foods
- Mental Health / Depression
- Chronic Illnesses (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma)
- Bike and Pedestrian Crash Rates
- Taxable Land Value
Ultimately, there is potential for the improved multimodal facilities to improve physical, social, emotional and economic health in Palm Beach County. For more information on the HIA process click here.
Healthier Jupiter staff and committee members also attended the a public workshop and charrette held at the Jupiter Community Center on October 25th (check out the pictures below). At the workshop, the community identified their priorities in the proposed redevelopment, which were safety, economic development and added mobility options.
This echoed Healthier Jupiter’s priority of safety. Efforts to create communities where people can safely walk or bike helps to increase physical activity and active lifestyles, which can help prevent or reduce chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. US-1 is not the only area we would like to see this discussion happen. There are pockets within Jupiter that would benefit from improved multimodal transportation options, especially increased pedestrian and bike facilities.
Want to learn more?
- You can read more about the TPA’s US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study on their website.
- Attend the Safe Streets Summit to be held in West Palm Beach on February 1-2, 2018. For more information check out safestreetssummit.org.
- Read this great article from Blue Zones discussing the impact of walkability on our health: read it here.
- Follow Healthier Jupiter and the TPA for more information!