For this week's blog, I wanted to feature a Denver Post letter to the editor penned by four Denver City Council members about the importance of Viva Streets to our city's health. This follows a public proclamation made by City Council at the August 22 Council meeting. LiveWell Colorado truly appreciates their support and the support of everyone who made this event such a success.
Re: “Viva Streets fills Denver avenue with people at play,” Aug. 15 news story.
As the recent Viva Streets “ciclovia” showcased, bikeable and walkable neighborhoods are core to our city’s health and an important tool for addressing Colorado’s rising obesity rates.
Viva Streets, an event organized by LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver, wasn’t simply a fun street fair. It was an example of what makes Denver great — the willingness of our city’s leadership and citizens to embrace an active lifestyle, make changes to our environment that support physical activity, and most importantly, view and use our city’s streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods as venues for exercise, recreation and community.
And, walkable and bikeable communities have benefits that extend far beyond keeping Coloradans healthy. They connect families with schools, parks, shops and each other and result in cleaner, safer neighborhoods.
What we and the 7,500 people who attended Viva Streets experienced was a glimpse into the positive changes that occur when our environment is built for active transportation — getting people moving on bikes, on foot and for fun. We challenge Denver to experience our streets as more than just a pathway for our cars, but also as a vehicle for long-term health.
Albus Brooks, City Council District 8
Mary Beth Susman, City Council District 5
Susan K. Shepherd, City Council District 1
Christopher J. Herndon, City Council District 11