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Tutu And Keiki Walking To The Library To Discuss The History Of Why It Is So Difficult To Walk And Roll To Where They Need To Go. (Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi). Art By Kawehi Mahi-Roberts.

Walk, Bike, Roll and Bus 808

What area in public health is both a community AND climate solution? Active transportation! Active Transportation is often defined as any mobility activity that propels people, such as walking, scootering, skateboarding, roller skating, or bicycling. Despite having some of the best weather for outdoor activities, Hawaiʻi has struggled to make the built environment conditions as conducive for walking, biking, rolling, and taking mass transit as they could be. Creating communities where people feel safe walking, rolling, bicycling, and taking mass transit easily and often does not happen by accident. It takes focused, community-driven engagement at all levels of government. Unfortunately, despite some gains in 2015 and 2017, the trend for walking, rolling, and bicycling seems to be downward.

Hawai‘i Health Matters Dashboard - Workers Commuting by Active Transportation. Trending downward.
Hawai‘i Health Matters Dashboard – Workers Commuting by Active Transportation. Link: https://www.hawaiihealthmatters.org/indicators/index/view?indicatorId=3277&localeId=14

The good news is that there have been many active transportation policy and project wins in the past few years, and we hope to see active transportation users increase. These wins occurred because of community engagement (ex: statewide Safe Routes to School coalition and Transportation Equity hui), improvements in active transportation funding processes (ex: Transportation Alternatives Program at DOT), increases in active transportation funding (ex: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), and data-driven policy adoptions (county-level Vision Zero/Complete Streets and statewide Safe Routes to School legislation, Act 244).

Website: Health and Physical Activity Hub

If we want to continue to build on these active transportation wins, we must continue to engage communities in the work. A continuing challenge for all people interested in pursuing active transportation as a health and climate solution is access to non-jargon-y data, policies, projects, funding, and programs that promote safe and accessible walking, bicycling, and rolling in Hawaiʻi. Enter the Health and Physical Activity Hub! Thanks in part to funding from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute created online resources for things multimodal in the Rainbow State.

Preview of Health and Physical Activity Hub website.

The website art and content were curated and designed by Kawehi Mahi-Roberts, an artist on Hawaiʻi Island in Hilo. Kawehi is an incredibly talented artist who designed and installed the award-winning quick build in Keaukaha. For this project, Kawehi created five vignettes depicting a tutu and her keiki walking, bicycling, or taking mass transit in different locations around Hawaiʻi, including Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi. Each vignette links to categories of resources, including national and state resources, physical activity, built environment, multi-use trails, and transit. Additionally, there is a calendar, action alerts, and a glossary. The goal is to share and connect communities with the information they need to make walking, rolling, bicycling, and taking mass transit safe, accessible, and inclusive for everyone who calls Hawaiʻi home.

Social Media

Preview of Walk.Bike.Roll.Bus.808 Instagram FeedWhile the Health and Physical Activity Hub is an online resource for all things active transportation in Hawaiʻi, we saw a need for a more real-time social media presence to connect and share all the incredible people and organizations doing wonderful things to make walking, bicycling, rolling and bussing in Hawaiʻi happen. And so, the Instagram account walk.bike.roll.bus.808 was born! If you want to learn more about active transportation in Hawaiʻi, please follow, like, and share.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Program Manager: Safe, Accessible and Inclusive Mobility (SAIM)
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