Now that school is back in session, it’s a good time to look at trends in how students are getting to and from school and the part each of us plays in keeping them safe. Read more…
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk, jog, ride a bicycle or even play hopscotch in the center of W. Elizabeth St. without any cars? Then mark your calendar for Sunday, June 7, when the City’s Open Streets event will convert W. Elizabeth St. into a temporary car-free space, inviting you, your family and friends to come be active in the street. Read more…
Last year, more than 40 countries participated in International Walk to School Day. In Colorado, 145 schools signed up on the national website for the event, www.walkbiketoschool.org, including two Fort Collins schools. Read more…
Research shows that kids who get to school under their own power learn better than their peers who catch a ride. Results from the “Mass Experiment 2012,” a study of 20,000 Danish children ages 5-19, show, “Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning.”
When you hear the phrase “public health,” what comes to mind — infectious disease control, community mental health programs, preventive medicine, flu vaccines? In fact, the way our cities are built and planned, especially our transportation systems, is a public health topic and can either support or deter healthy living.
By BAP Admin
By Kim Sharpe
Are you part of the 60 percent? That’s the portion of people in our community who are” interested, but concerned” when it comes to riding a bicycle—those who may feel riding a bike requires a badge of courage. If this resonates with you, I hope to change that perception.
BPEC recently provided input on a Walk Friendly Community Assessment for Fort Collins. Specifically, members shared knowledge and obtained information for the Education and Encouragement section of the assessment, looking at existing programs, projects and policies in our community and how they facilitate walking as a mode of transportation and recreation. Fort Collins has some fabulous programs and amenities – everything from Safe Routes to School to First Friday Art Walk, safety trainings or trail counts; the diverse approach to encouraging pedestrianship is what makes this community such a great place to live, work, learn and play.
We are on the edge of our seats waiting to hear news of our designation but, more importantly, their suggestions for how we can continue to make improvements to make Fort Collins even more pedestrian friendly. We plan to leverage those opportunities to engage the community and guide the pedestrian efforts for BPEC.
In the meantime, the City has a budget offer on the table for an FC Walks Coordinator (similar to the FC Bikes Coordinator, but dedicated to pedestrian safety and education including Safe Routes to School.) There will be another opportunity for public input on the budget in the next couple of months, so keep your ears peeled and consider advocating for these programs for their importance to our health, our environment and our community. Find out more at www.fcgov.com/budget .