Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

John Steward

Second Advisor

Leslie Caceda

Abstract

According to the American College Health Association, less than half of college student populations participate in regular physical activity. With continued emphasis on the importance of exercise, creating opportunities for active transportation around college campuses is becoming critical. Attributes of the community design around us play a vital role in either promoting or hindering physical activity. Additionally, because of a growing interest in sustainability, university officials are finding it necessary to prioritize the environmental impact of decisions made at college campuses.

While some campuses have seen an organic growth in bicycling, proper planning and implementation of bicycle-friendly policies yields a greater success in increasing the number of cyclists. Bicycling enhances overall quality of life by reducing problems associated with a dependency on automobiles. The purpose of this capstone project is to provide an analysis of built environments and policies that help promote bicycle-friendly universities. This project provides a visual assessment to compare three Atlanta-area campuses: the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Georgia State University. The photo portfolio helps drive specific recommendations for these universities to improve the state of cycling through infrastructure and programmatic changes around campus.

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