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) has released a DRAFT Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (WalkBikeNC Plan) which is available for public review and input. You can read about the plan and give your input online!
NCDOT is accepting public comments on the plan until April 30, 2013. Please use this online comment form to provide feedback.
For more information, visit this 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:
Weekly Tuesdays at the Trailhead fitness classes were held on the Morehead Park section of the Downtown Greenway in 2013. Classes including Cardio, Zumba & African Dance were offered by different instructors in coordination with the Bryan YMCA. Instructors used the trailhead parking area at Spring Garden Street for classes and also used the greenway trail for sprinting and other exercises. More than 400 people came out for the FREE fitness classes from May through September of 2013.
We are pleased that the Bryan YMCA will be partnering with us again in the Spring of 2014 and offering FREE fitness classes on the Greenway. We want your input about future classes. Click here to take the fitness survey. Look for details after the first of the year about next year’s Tuesdays at the Trailhead fitness programs that will take place from May–September 2014!