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Health Department Receives Funding to Promote Bicycle Safety and Create Bike-Friendly Environments

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has been awarded a grant of almost $12,000 for a project to reduce obesity rates by promoting bicycling. The money is from the Paula Nye Memorial Educational Grant Program, which is funded by donations made to Kentucky’s “Share the Road” specialty plate program administered by the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission.

The grant project will use the Health Department’s six locations as a center of activity. Clients and visitors to Health Department sites will receive education about bicycle safety. Money from the grant will support bike helmet fittings for children as well as drawings for free helmets. The Health Department will also promote local resources to increase bicycling as a means of transportation, such as TANK’s Bike/Ride program.

Another aspect of the project will be making the Health Department’s offices more bicycle friendly. This includes the installation of bike racks at three locations that do not currently have racks. Additionally, bike routes originating at Health Department offices will be mapped out and made available to employees, clients and visitors.

“The design of our communities—including neighborhoods, cities, transportation systems, parks, trails and other public recreational facilities—affect peoples’ ability to be physically active,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “Biking is a great way to be physically active, to get from place-to-place and to connect to our neighborhoods. So it makes sense to promote bicycling as a step to get Northern Kentucky residents more active and attempt to stem rising obesity rates.”

The Paula Nye Memorial Bicyclist and Pedestrian Education grants were established in honor of Paula Nye, who was Kentucky’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator from 2000 to 2005. It is administered by the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission. For more information on the grant, please visit http://www.bikewalk.ky.gov.
 

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