Let’s Take a Walk – Healthy Habits Spur Economic Well-Being

Downtown Port Huron
(Jeffrey M. Smith / Times Herald)
Throughout 2016, Port Huron saw an increase in downtown development. More residential lofts, storefronts, a boutique movie theater, and expanding restaurants peppered the city’s main corridor with more slated development in the coming year. While Port Huron’s walkability rating is on the higher end, however, there is still room for improvement. Read more... Read more

Suburbs Increasingly View Their Auto-Centric Sprawl as a Health Hazard

Traffic congestion in Bethesda, Maryland (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
Planners in Prince George’s County have talked for years about reshaping communities to help residents fetch a gallon of milk via a walk or bicycle ride, rather than add to stifling traffic congestion by having to drive. But planners say they’re increasingly treating the Maryland county’s low-density, auto-dependent design as more than a traffic problem. More often, they say, they’re considering sprawl a health hazard. Read more... Read more

Biking and Walking Bring $1.6 Billion in Benefits to State, Aside from Improved Health

Denver's 16th Street Mall (Credit: Kris Davidson)
Biking and walking contribute $1.6 billion directly to Colorado’s economy — and that’s not counting an even bigger boost from health benefits, according to a new study from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Colorado residents are already among some of the most active and least obese in the country. State and local governments have invested heavily in trails, creating more than 5,000 miles of trail in recent decades where people can walk and bike away from... Read more

The Walking Cure: How Oklahoma City Lost 1 Million Pounds

Oklahoma City (I'll Never Grow Up / FlickrCC)
Oklahoma City’s residents collectively lost 1 million pounds, a result the mayor credits in large part to providing more opportunities for getting around without cars. Funded by a sales tax and a multimillion-dollar bond issue, sidewalks, bike and walking paths, and a world-class rowing center popped up in the downtown area due to the mayor’s initiative. Read more... Read more
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