ABSRACT: This paper explores how transportation and health are connected in many ways, using the photovoice method, a form of community based qualitative research. Conventional transportation often overlooks negative health impacts due to various already accepted policies and social norms. Two emerging themes within the photographs and existing literature are the negative health effects from pollution and emissions due to widespread use of motor vehicles. Additionally, the positive health effects that come from regularly using active forms of transportation, especially for youth and adolescents. Integrating solutions into policy and planning to improve overall human health should be a long term, cost effective and important goal.
KEY WORDS:…show more content… Through traffic accidents, physical activity and vehicle pollution (Litman, 2003). Vehicles emit many different types of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulphur oxides and other toxic gases (Litman, 2003). All of those chemicals, in addition to others, have been proven to contribute to several acute and chronic illnesses. For example, respiratory diseases, cancers and heart failure are most prevalent (Litman, 2003). However, it is difficult to definitively calculate the total health impacts from vehicle pollution seeing as there are countless different chemicals that cause a wide variety of illnesses. In addition, most pollutants tend to have other sources then solely motor vehicles, which complicates the situation making it difficult to track (Litman, 2003). My findings were supported by the research, seeing as vehicle emissions continue to be a major source of pollution and this trend proved to be true in my research and in other articles. Gaps in this area of research do exist. There was an apparent lack in research related to specific toxins and chemicals and how they affect public health. Most of the research clumped all of the chemicals into the same category and looked at them as a whole rather than individually. Moreover, I found that the literature also lacked studies and information about which modes of transportation are the most detrimental to the environment…show more content… Active transportation encompasses various non-motorized modes of transportation such as rollerblades, skateboards, walking, and biking. Group members captured several different variations of active transportation, through discussing our narratives the consensus emerged that people felt healthier and happier when they used these methods of transportation often. Through our discussion, we also considered the benefits that these methods of transportation have on the environment, seeing as they do not emit the harmful gases previously