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BuiltWELL

Goals:

  • Increase bicycling and walking
  • Improve the community environment to support health

Lancaster County Priorities:

  • Increase bike friendly community designations
  • Promote adoption of complete streets policies at the municipal level
  • Promotion of the safe routes to school program

Lancaster County Data:

  • 6% - Municipalities that require bike racks at all public buildings
  • 0 - Bicycle friendly communities
  • 0 - Municipalities that have Complete Streets policies
  • 55% - Municipalities that have applied for local, state, or federal funding in the past five years for transportation improvements that increase walkability and bikeability in the municipality (besides Safe Routes to School)

Lighten Up Lancaster County Initiatives:

  • Bicycle Friendly Community Designations
  • Implement a Safe Routes to School Program
  • Complete Streets Policies Adopted

Click here to visit Lighten Up Lancaster County's Active Transporation webpage.



Get Involved

General

Workplaces

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for workplaces.*


How You Can Help

  • Install bike racks to ensure safe places to store bikes
  • Adopt a bikeability plan for the organization and distribute
  • Create a walking plan for employees
  • Establish a workplace wellness committee
  • Complete and submit a bicycle friendly businesses application
  • Advocate for built environment changes where business is located so employees can bike/walk to work safety, including paved sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, and shared use paths.
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing the built environment.

Resources

CDC: Worksite Built Environment

Partnership for Prevention

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Schools

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for schools.*


How You Can Help

  • Encourage joint use agreements
  • Work with local municipalities to apply for funding to support efforts to make communities more walkable and bikeable for school students
  • Implement policies that promote walking/bicycling
  • Install bike racks
  • Assess transportation policies annually
  • Implement a safe routes to school program
  • Develop an agreement with a nearby park or green space that can be promoted to students and family for use during out of school hours for physical activity
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing the built environment.

Resources

Let’s Move

Joint Use

Change Lab Solutions: Joint Use Agreements

Safe Routes to School: Engineering

Safe Routes to School: Minimizing Your Liability Risk

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Healthcare Providers

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for Healthcare Providers.*


How You Can Help

  • Encourage municipal leaders to adopt policies that promote walkable and bikeable communities
  • Encourage the use of the LiveWELL Lancaster County mobile application to track patient progress toward goals

Resources

Bicycle Friendly Business: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Bicycle Friendly Business: Mercy General Hospital

Exercise is Medicine: Health Care Providers’ Action Guide

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Communities

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for Communities.*


How You Can Help

  • Conduct a walkability audit of your community
  • Install bike racks or ensure a safe place to store bikes
  • Establish wellness as a priority for your organization and provide leadership through consistent messaging
  • Identify a wellness ambassador and direct that person to create and lead a wellness council or ministry
  • Organize a wellness council
  • Advocate for built environment changes where business is located so employees can bike/walk to work safety, including paved sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, and shared use paths.
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing the built environment

Resources

Let’s Move

Walk Friendly Communities Assessment Tool

Walk Friendly Communities

Dangerous By Design 2011

Walkability Audit Checklist

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Government

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for Government.*


How You Can Help

  • Adopt a complete streets policy
  • Adopt a rails to trails policy
  • Develop parks and open spaces that are accessible to all users
  • Ensure comprehensive plan requires sidewalks and facilities accessible to bicyclists and wheelchair users in new developments
  • Adopt mixed-use residential, commercial, and office zoning where appropriate
  • Coordinate bicycle and pedestrian routes with adjacent municipalities
  • Offer increased tax credits and other incentives and assistance to help small business make infrastructure improvements that promote the built environment.

Resources

Complete Streets

At the Intersection of Public Health and Transportation

Change Lab Solutions: Making a Place for Bicycles

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Individuals

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for Individuals.*


How You Can Help

  • Advocate for sidewalks in your community
  • Advocate for Complete Streets
  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health
  • Advocate for bike racks at local schools and community centers.
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Colleges

*Click here for the LiveWELL brochure for College campuses.*

How You Can Help

  • Provide maps of walkable areas around campus
  • Install bike racks or ensure a safe place to store bikes
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing the built environment
  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health

Resources

American College Health Association: National College Health Assessment

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