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Walkable, Livable Communities | Print |

Public health experts encourage walking and bicycling as a response to the obesity epidemic. The adoption of Complete Streets planning policies facilitates this. According to Complete Streets, ‚Äúone study found that 43% of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home met recommended activity levels, while just 27% of those without safe places to walk were active enough.‚ÄĚ

Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. They also allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations. Changing policy to routinely include the needs of people on foot, public transportation, and bicycles would make walking, riding bikes, riding buses and trains safer and easier. People of all ages and abilities would have more options when traveling to work, to school, to the grocery store, and to visit family and thus, their communities become more livable.  

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program is working with its Active Living Program partners to educate communities, business owners, residents and planners about  designing and creating more walkable, livable and thus healthier, communities  by  disseminating information  explaining  the Complete Streets planning concepts.

Success Stories

PICH's Walkable, Livable Communities Program works to increase the number of cities in Fulton County incorporating Complete Streets elements into their transportation and infrastructure planning. Complete Streets, which are designed to allow easy access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities, facilitate increased physical activity. PICH sponsors a series of workshops and outdoor walking lectures led by urban planning experts that educates residents in East Point, Atlanta and Sandy Springs about the benefits of Complete Streets and shows them how to work with policymakers to bring them to their neighborhoods.

In 2016, the PICH Program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the City of Atlanta produced a video titled ‚ÄúComplete Streets: Creating Safe, Accessible, Healthy Communities,‚ÄĚ that highlights the health, safety and lifestyle benefits of Complete Streets. The video is used by public officials, and the PICH Program and their partners, in discussing transportation infrastructure projects in Fulton County designed to make roadways less congested and more pedestrian-friendly.

PICH Program's Complete Streets Video

Printable Complete Streets Fact Sheet

Printable Complete Streets Communications Toolkit

Complete Streets Video [long version]

Complete Streets 101 Video [short video]

 

 
 

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