Biking, walking becoming more accessible in metro areas

Across the country, metropolitan areas large and small are taking steps to improve local walking and biking opportunities. Broward County, Florida, is one of those communities.

With the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern edge and the Everglades Wildlife Management Area covering the west part of the county, Broward County’s nearly 2 million residents live mostly in a densely populated urban center that includes Fort Lauderdale. Heavy, fast traffic made walking and biking treacherous in some areas. High costs to build new roads seemed to put safe active transport out of reach.

But over years of partnering with others in the community, and with the help of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the organization developed, adopted and promoted complete streets guidelines in conjunction with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council.

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