The Downtown Greenway will support public and private efforts to improve health and wellness in our community. As reported in 1996 in Physical Activity and Health, A Report of the Surgeon General, “people of all ages can improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of moderate physical activity. A regular, preferably daily, regimen of at least 30-45 minutes of brisk walking, bicycling . . . will reduce your risks of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes…” Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, said of the report, “This watershed report comes not a moment too soon. We have found that 60%, well over half , of Americans are not regularly active. Worse yet, 25% of Americans are not active at all. For young people—the future of our country—physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence. These are dangerous trends. We need to turn them around quickly for the health of our citizens and our country.” To see the full report, click here.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) adopted the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (WalkBikeNC Plan) in December 2013. For more information, visit the NCDOT page.
Studies show that people will walk, run, and ride their bicycles more if a greenway is located within a convenient distance of their homes. Creating an easy, safe, and aesthetically pleasing means by which to exercise and travel via foot or bicycle has been successful in other communities in promoting and encouraging greenway use. As mentioned before, this Greenway will circle downtown and will touch, or come very close to, many neighborhoods, providing critical access to citizens.
Click here to learn more about development and public health.
Click here to see an abstract on the associations between perceived neighborhood characteristics, access to places for activity, and leisure-time physical activity.
Click here to see the video on how the Downtown Greenway can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Getting Fit on the Greenway
The Downtown Greenway and the Bryan YMCA have partnered for 4 years offering FREE fitness classes on the Downtown Greenway on Tuesdays from May through June and August through October. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6-7 pm at the Morehead Park Trailhead Parking area of the Downtown Greenway located at Spring Garden and South Edgeworth Streets. Thank you Bryan YMCA for your partnership and offering a great season of classes. Classes range from Boot Camp to Line Dancing- something for everyone! Click here for the list of all the classes and instructors.
BikeShare Program in Greensboro
In July 2017, City Council approved a two-year agreement that allows LimeBike to offer bicycles for a fee anywhere in the city limits. People can use the LimeBike app to locate and rent a bicycle for $1 per half hour. LimeBike is already offered on the UNCG campus for $0.50 per half hour for students, faculty and staff. LimeBike plans to deliver 800 more three-speed bikes to Greensboro to be used at UNCG, NC A&T and in downtown Greensboro in early August. Downtown Greensboro Inc. and Action Greensboro officials are working with center city merchants to identify locations where the bikes can be parked.
A Kick-Off Bike Share Celebration at First Friday on Friday, August 4 launches the bike share program across the city. Click here for more information about the kick-off. For more information about LimeBike, visit the company’s website.
No excuses– rent a LimeBike and get fit on the Downtown Greenway!