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Get Out and Bike!

“People say they would ride their bike more if they had a safe place to ride.” Martha Emmons, co-owner, BikeWorld, Paducah, Ky.

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There’s a move afoot to make streets safe and accessible for everyone, whether traveling by car, bus, on bike or foot. “For a child to ride his bike to the end of the driveway and back up to the garage he’s tired of it. You want to venture out.” Hutch Smith, co-owner, BikeWorld, Paducah, Ky.

Residents are asking for “complete streets” that make their communities more livable by ensuring everyone has room to move and greater opportunity for physical activity.

Action Tips for your Community

  • Get Moving – Contact your local officials about opening city streets for activity. On new roadway projects, plan ahead for “complete streets” with biking and walking lanes.
  • Fuel Up Healthy – Make sure your community festivals, block parties and church suppers offer healthy food alternatives. Check out this informative booklet: Eat Smart Kentucky, Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Meetings, Gatherings, and Events.
  • Involve Everyone – Have your business, neighborhood, faith or community organizations survey local parks, playgrounds and community centers to ensure they are safe, clean, and available to kids and families.