Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
Mayor Michael Hancock is committed to making Denver the most bike-friendly city in the nation. In the 2016 budget, he has devoted $7.1 million to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. This is one million more than the 2015 budget and will be devoted to opening new dedicated bike lanes, as well as adding sidewalks, lighting and crosswalks to ensure pedestrian-friendly pathways across the city.
Mayor Hancock held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a protected bike lane in downtown Denver on December 3, 2015, underscoring more of what’s to come with this funding in the new year. A significant portion of the funding (2.2 million) is dedicated to the Denver Moves streets and trails plan that focuses on adding bike routes and trails to encourage physical activity for all residents. According to the City of Denver, they already have “over 100 miles of multi-use trails, 100 miles of bike lanes, 39 miles of sharrows, which is a placed in the travel lane to indicate where people should preferably cycle, and almost 400 miles of signed bike routes.”
Colorado is often cited as the healthiest state in the nation and leaders want to see it stay that way. According to County Health Rankings, the Denver area (Jefferson County) scores a 100% for “access to exercise opportunities” and has only a 13% physical inactivity rate among adults. Several studies have found that the way communities are designed and developed can have an effect on physical activity opportunities and obesity rates. Auto dependent built environments that are less safe for walking and biking have been correlated with obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Advocates supporting this funding included the American Heart Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
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.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
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Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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