Issue: Thinking and talking is not enough!
How do we move to DOING?
Change is Possible
Every community is unique, but the elements of committing to a healthy and vibrant community are the same. It is about adapting and improving: Building a case for more walkable and bikable community.
- plan and design communities for people
- establish parks within walkable distance
- design communities around people, not cars
- spur the economic benefits of active and vibrant communities
- increased quality of community life increases economic competitiveness and happiness
Think about a child approximately 8 years old and an older adult approximately 80 years old who you love. Would you send either alone to walk or bike to school or the corner store? If ‘no’ – we need to plan and design better streets, trails and public spaces.
Role of Streets
- streets are a major part of every community
- streets are for much more than moving cars
Benefits of Active Communities
- social cohesion and inclusion
- quality of life for all
- environmental benefits
Change is achievable when priorities are clear:
- quality of life for everyone
- interwoven trails in every community and between communities
- recreational benefits
- walking & biking are priority modes of transportation
- right to mobility
- proper spaces to walk or bike as a right
- Pedestrian and Cyclist-Friendly Communities
- integrate a complete streets policy
- every time a road is rebuilt integrate the principles of multi-use (pedestrians, cyclists & vehicles)
- design visible biking infrastructure
- promote relationship to positive health outcomes Safety and Perceptions of Risk
- walking and cylcling should be safe, attractive and feasible for all
- just painting lines on existing roads does not work
- increases in biking and walking infrastructure reduces accident rates