Live Well Crawford County is spearheading an initiative to increase awareness of the importance of promoting a healthy, vibrant community that attracts businesses, new residents, and tourism dollars by making it easier for people to get around town.
Toward that end, on April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Live Well will host a free Livable Streets Open Forum for community members and leaders. The goal is to provide insight on implementing a Livable Streets policy in Pittsburg. The meeting will be held at Pittsburg Fire Station No. 1, 911 W. Fourth St. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Livable Streets, also known as Complete Streets, is a national initiative to ensure people of all ages and all abilities can safely and easily travel to school, church, doctor’s appointments and local businesses, no matter their mode of transportation. During the meeting, PedNet
Consulting, which was commissioned to create a Master Pedestrian and Bike Plan for Crawford County, will present on the impact Livable Streets policies are having in small communities.
Live Well Director Brad Stroud said creating safe routes for active living is important for all ages and all socio economic backgrounds in our community.
“Safe routes are important for our children in route to school, as well as for citizens who utilize active transportation routes to work,” he said.
Complete Streets also has shown a positive impact on local economies in communities in which the concept was implemented. Increasing foot and bicycle traffic have shown a boost to local business sales, and a community with great access to walking and biking has been a key factor in attracting new business.
“Of course, one of our most important assets is good health as well,” Stroud said. “People are 65 percent more likely to walk if they have access to sidewalks. We owe this to ourselves to implement in our community.”
Guest speakers will include Robert Johnson and Abby St. George from PedNet, as well as City of Pittsburg Engineer and Public Works Director Cameron Alden and Pittsburg Active
Transportation Advisory Board member John Robb.
The event will present an opportunity for community members, groups, and leaders to ask
questions and learn more about creating livable streets in Pittsburg.
For questions or additional information, contact Brad Stroud, Director Live Well Crawford
County at 620-704- 0019 or email email@example.com.
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