Transport Special Interest Group

The Faculty of Public Health’s Transport Special Interest Group (SIG) has been established to develop and promote evidence-based policies on transport and health through:

  • Stimulating research
  • Discussing and disseminating evidence and ideas
  • Advocating a healthy transport strategy
  • Responding to consultations.

Transport affects physical activity, climate change and air quality. It provides access to places important for health and creates inequities of gender, disability and transport poverty. It is a source of injuries and of community severance.

On the basis of current evidence we support a transport system in which most people mostly walk for journeys up to a mile, cycle for journeys of several miles if they can (or buses if they can't) use the train/cycle combination for longer journeys, reduce business travel by use of virtual meetings and use high-speed rail for international travel.

The SIG is supported by the Transport and Health Study Group CIO (THSG), an independent registered charity of health and transport professionals and campaigners dedicated to understanding and addressing the links between transport policies and health, and promoting a healthy transport system. It has produced the reference e book Health on the Move 2, a clear and comprehensive account of what would constitute a healthy transport system.

Members of the Transport SIG may participate in all THSG activities and vote on shaping THSG policies but must join THSG itself (membership fee £10) to obtain personal benefits such as conference discounts, discounts on the Journal of Transport & Health, and a licence to use Health on the Move 2.

Key work programmes include

  • Transport & Climate Change
  • Transport & Gender
  • Education & Training
  • Cycle Safety
  • Community Severance
  • Transport Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Walking and Cycling

The SIG is chaired by Steve Watkins ( and Jenny Mindell ( and reports to the Faculty's Health Improvement Committee