Active Communities

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The Active Communities Action Team works to increase community members’ physical activity by providing more opportunities to be active in the community.


The story behind our work

What we're doing to change the story

Goals

What is a complete street?

What are the benefits of complete streets?

Indicators — How We Change Lives

Team Members

Meetings

Local initiatives and organizations related to Active Communities Action Team


 story

What we're doing to change the story:

  • Collaborating  with municipalities to pass Complete Streets Policies, a formal commitment to streets that are safe and convenient for everyone.  Twelve Fox Valley municipalities have already passed a Weight of the Fox Valley Resolution expressing their commitment to working together to support this work.
  • Working in partnership with East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission on a regional wayfinding project to create design guidelines for signs that help people walking or bicycling know how to get to where they want to go safely and conveniently.
  • Providing an opportunity for people to become informed and acquire tools to share their opinions with decision-makers so their community development reflects equitable access to all residents who need to move about the community for work, school, and recreation.

Goals:

To increase the number of people walking and bicycling by supporting implementation of complete streets facilities (e.g. bike lanes, sidewalks, safe crossings) in local communities within the tri-county region.

What is a complete street?

Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities, They make it easier to choose to walk or bike to work, for recreation, to the library, grocery store, clinic, or for ANY activities
or events. 

What are the benefits of complete streets?

moneyStudies have shown, neighborhoods that invest in trails and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure have higher property values and increased sales tax revenues (Source: investinplace.org).


stop signRoads designed for bicycling and walking prevent serious injuries, deaths, and collisions; keeping everyone safer, including motorists. Residents are 65% more likely to walk in a neighborhood with sidewalks (CDC) and are 50% more likely to meet physical activity standards (Source: Active Living Research, 2016).


strollerComplete streets provide more options for transportation for all users, especially children, older   adults, people with disabilities, or low-income families.

 

Indicators — How We Change Lives

# of municipalities passing the Weight of the Fox Valley resolution
# of municipalities passing complete streets policies
# people living in communities with complete streets policies
# linear miles of roadways with complete streets facilities
# linear miles marked with wayfinding signage
# people biking & walking on trails and areas with complete streets facilities

Team Members

Residents and professionals from different sectors in the community – government, non-profits and business are helping to set direction for this action team. Join us on this team if you are interested in promoting policies and initiatives that create or enhance active recreational opportunities and physical activities such as biking, walking, gardening, sailing, dancing, etc.

Meetings

The Active Communities team meets on monthly basis. For the meetings schedule, please check our calendar.

Local initiatives and organizations related to Active Communities Action Team

Do you want to lead our community to a healthier future?
Get involved and join one of our six Action Teams.