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Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
On 11/21/16, the Pittsburgh City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy. By implementing Complete Streets policies to city transportation planning, the streets of Pittsburgh will be safer for everyone whether they are walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association was a proud partner in helping decision-makers develop this model policy, which will encourage government agencies to design networks that incorporates all modes of transportation and safe access.
Regular exercise decreases the risk factors of major health issues including obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. By supporting, building, and providing alternative forms of safe and accessible means of transportation, such as sidewalks, walking and bike paths, the City of Pittsburgh is improving the health of our community and region.
“We applaud the Pittsburgh City Council, Department of City Planning, Mayor Bill Peduto, and our partners for recognizing the need for a Complete Streets approach to transportation planning,” said Sandy Volpe, AHA Board Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Region. “Everyone should have safe routes to travel safely, no matter how they choose to travel. With this policy in place, we are one step closer to building a culture of health and ultimately improving the lives of our family and friends.”
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Two new complete streets and equity reports have been released and are the result of a project to study equity elements in complete streets policies, the characteristics of communities with equity elements in their policies, and to qualitatively understand how equity elements in complete streets policies are being implemented in practice. Learn more about the reports here.
Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new toolkit designed to help parents, community members and educators plan and organize a walking school bus--learn more today!
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