Along with the Active Living partnership, the county is concentrating efforts in a few communities at a time. The program collaborates with those communities on a comprehensive approach to active living.
In addition, Active Living works with communities throughout the county on smaller projects such as funding bike racks, wayfinding, community gardens and policy development.
Active Living "deep dive" project
Active Living has worked with Hopkins and Brooklyn Center to develop a multi-faceted program.
Deep dive activities have included:
- Earn-a-bike classes with Cycles for Change, which teach adults and teens basic bike maintenance by by building a bike to keep.
- Creating partnerships with law enforcement to promote walking and biking and increase education, awareness, and compliance with laws related to walking and biking.
- Demonstration projects to show how small changes to a street can make big improvements for walking and biking.
- Writing and adopting policies and/or plans to increase opportunities for walking, biking, and vibrant public spaces.
A project steering committee in each city provides direction and guidance for all activities and creates opportunities for residents to get involved throughout the process.
Involvement from diverse communities helps to ensure that the work improves access to physical activity for all residents, especially in communities that experience high levels of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type II diabetes.
Transit and health equity
Bottineau light rail transit
Active Living staff is working to incorporate health and health equity into planning the Bottineau light rail transitway. Staff first conducted the Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment to identify ways to improve community health with the new light rail line. The assessment revealed other opportunities to incorporate health into light rail planning.
The Bottineau light rail transit bike study is scheduled for completion in early 2016. The study will provide recommendations on:
- Bike routes within a 10-minute bike ride of each Bottineau LRT station
- Bike facilities within 100ft of the station
- Possible corridor long bike routes
Contact Nadine Chalmers for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning for health in station areas (PDF)
Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment