Road Diets: What are they?
In this short video, Dan Burden explains the main characteristics of “road diets” and the reasons, including health reasons, why these interventions are usually put in place.
Published in July 2013.  Description - watch the video.
In June 2012, the NCCHPP invited Dan Burden, Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, to speak at a one-day workshop on interventions to mitigate the health impacts of motorized traffic. He came to talk specifically about “road diets”, an intervention for which he coined the term. This activity took place at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) annual conference, in Edmonton.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

While we were in Edmonton, we took the opportunity to record three videos with Dan in which he discusses different dimensions of road diets. In this first video of about 2 minutes, he explains the main characteristics of road diets and the reasons why they are usually put in place. 

Click to watch (Flash video, 1:59, 8.8 MB).

To access the other two videos with Dan Burden, click on the following links: 

Road Diets: Effects on Health Determinants

Road Diets: Technical and Political Dimensions 

In another video recorded in Edmonton in June 2012, Catherine Berthod, engineer and urban planner for Québec's Ministry of Transport discusses the process called “Street Use Code”. To access it, click here.

The NCCHPP, in collaboration with Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, also developed a briefing note titled Road Diets: Fitter, Healthier Public Ways.  To view the document, click here.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.