2021 - Report

Routes of Health: Exploring the Effects of Navigation Systems on Community Mobility, Safety, and Livability

This report examines how the increased use of navigation systems is directing drivers into sensitive street zones, shifting traffic patterns and behaviors, creating a culture of health that's threatening active transportation, children’s health & safety, and the vitality of streets surrounding our parks, schools, and other community hubs.

Until the last decade, figuring out how to meet a friend at a new destination meant writing down directions or looking on a map for the main roads creating a direct route from origin to end point. Today, many travelers simply consult apps on smartphones or in-dashboard navigation systems – even for routine journeys – seeking to avoid unexpected traffic and select the best (i.e. quickest) route.