Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH

171 Flips | 2 Magazines | 26 Likes | 9 Following | 29 Followers | @mtrowbridge | Matthew Trowbridge is a physician, public health researcher, and assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Trowbridge’s academic research focuses on the impact of architecture, urban design, and transportation planning on public health.

Need A Creative Solution? Go For A Walk, Says Science

Need a creative solution? New research from Stanford supports the notion that going for a stroll can do wonders for certain types of mental roadblocks.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>As far as we know, there is no …

This Real Life Sim City Will Be A Testing Ground For New Transportation Technologies

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Xerox are teaming up to build a 32-acre simulated city, complete with …

Google Maps Adds Elevation Profiles To Bike Routes To Help You Avoid Those Steep Hills

Google Maps now features elevation profiles for bike routes.<p>Google added biking directions to Google Maps and specialized maps that highlight bike routes a few years ago. If you are weak like me, though, and learned to bike in Holland, where the biggest obstacle is a dike, you don’t just want to …

What Does 'Livable' Mean to Older Americans?

MIT’s Vibrating Supershoes Tell You Where To Walk

Never check your smartphone on a jog again.<p>If you’re dubious whether the prefix “smart” can be slapped on any more product names, prepare to be flabbergasted: MIT Media Lab researcher Dhairya Dand has invented smart insoles that help guide you through the urban sprawl without once consulting a …

For New York, The '10-Year Storm' Isn't What It Used To Be

New York City is 20 times more likely to flood during a storm than it was in the mid-1800s, partly owing to sea-level rise linked to global climate change, according to a new study.<p>The maximum water height at New York Harbor during storms such as Hurricane Sandy has risen nearly 2.5 feet since …

No, Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Horrible Congestion

Bike lane alarmists, slow your roll.<p>As a fairly simple measure that saves lives, bike lanes sure do raise a lot of ire. In Brooklyn, the addition of a two-lane bike path along the western edge of Prospect Park in 2010 sparked a legal battle that’s still, after four years, ongoing.<p>Drivers, whether …

What A Day In The Life Of Citi Bike Looks Like

New York’s bike share really does attract way more commuters than tourists.<p>Since its debut last year, New York City’s bike share system, Citi Bike, has been wildly popular. In its first six months of operation, the bright blue bikes logged more than 5 million trips. The system has nearly 100,000 …

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides More Common

How Republicans And Democrats Ended Up Living Apart

These are politically segregated times.<p>Secession movements are active in several states, generally consisting of residents of rural red counties seeking to separate themselves from the more liberal and urban-centered policies of blue-state leaders.<p>And Democrats and Republicans are much less likely …

How Your Mode of Travel Shapes Your Mental Map

Elevating green building as a health issue

Thirteen years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council launched a rating system called LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, with the …

Despite Financial Concerns, Cities Are Doubling Down on Bike-Share

How Cities Are Using Data To Save Lives

These urban policy wins were not merely the products of creativity and inspiration. They were powered by cold, hard, data. Bridgespan, a nonprofit …

Bringing Design Thinking To Social Problems, Ideo.org Focuses On The People In Need

“In the recession of 2008 and 2009, foundations lost up to 40% of their endowments,” explains Wyatt. “There was so much desire within social …

Infographic: How Architecture Can Save Your Life

Architects wield more power than you think over your mental and physical well-being. A new interactive chart reveals just how much.<p>Design doesn’t just impact lives, or enrich lives. It can save them. That is the message the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is trying to emphasize in a new …

The Economist on Twitter: "How do bike-sharing schemes shape cities? http://t.co/GeSmnpgs4V http://t.co/sI5inu7F0e"

Replying to @<b>TheEconomist</b><p>@<b>jacobrday</b> @<b>SalisburyU</b> Agreed!! RT @<b>TheEconomist</b>: How do bike-sharing schemes shape cities? http://econ.st/16uJrNz …

How do bike-sharing schemes shape cities?

NEXT month a so-called "brand new means of transport" will be launched in Copenhagen: the bicycle. GoBike, Europe's latest bike-sharing scheme, will …

The Most Widespread Environmental Carcinogen? The Air We Breathe

Cars Are Deadly, But Not How You Think: Pollution Causes More Death Than Crashes

But according to a recent study by a team from MIT, those figures don’t even begin to cover the true number of deaths caused by cars. In the long …

Leveraging the Power of Design

It is increasingly clear that solutions for our most pressing and challenging public health issues will ultimately hinge on designing environments …

The power of behavioural design: looking beyond nudging

Over the past two years, a growing number of conferences, papers and articles have looked beyond the technique of nudging people to change their behaviour. The question is: what comes next now that nudging is not seen as the silver bullet? Judging on both questions and answers from the leading …

Two-Thirds of New York City Voters Say They Want Better Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure