Active Living Redwood

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Presentation to Redwood Falls City Council, 7 June 2011

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Active Living Redwood

  1. 1. Active Living in Action<br />Tools for Making the Active Choice the Easy Choice<br />Photo: Redwood Gazette 2010<br />
  2. 2. The Active Living Intervention<br /><ul><li>One of CJRR’s tasks for the MN State Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
  3. 3. Connect communities with RDC planners
  4. 4. Review existing community planning documents
  5. 5. Tool for Stakeholders to meet with decision makers to discuss mutual goals for the future in non-motorized transportation and recreation.</li></li></ul><li>Our Communities<br /><ul><li>City of Jackson
  6. 6. City Comprehensive Plan (1997)
  7. 7. City Zoning Ordinances (codified)
  8. 8. Jackson Co All Hazard Mitigation Plan (2008)
  9. 9. Jackson Co Comprehensive Plan (2010)
  10. 10. City of Redwood Falls
  11. 11. City Comprehensive Plan (1995)
  12. 12. City Zoning Ordinance (codified)
  13. 13. Redwood Co All Hazard Mitigation Plan (2005, update in progress)
  14. 14. Redwood Co Comprehensive Plan (2007)</li></li></ul><li>Land Use<br />http://designforhealth.net/http://www.activelivingbydesign.org<br /><ul><li>Accessibility = Active Living
  15. 15. Walking & Biking easier in traditional grid
  16. 16. Short blocks
  17. 17. Sidewalks & alleys
  18. 18. >4.0 dwelling units/acre
  19. 19. Eyes on the street
  20. 20. Give people choices for livable communities</li></li></ul><li>How do we transform this…<br />
  21. 21. …. into this?<br />
  22. 22. Land Use<br /><ul><li>Traditional downtown = Active Living
  23. 23. Variety of destinations downtown encourages Activity
  24. 24. On-street parking, sidewalks, pedestrian amenities</li></li></ul><li>Land Use<br />http://www.lincolninst.edu/<br /><ul><li>Alternatives to Sprawl
  25. 25. “Leap Frog” and strip commercial development make walking/biking difficult</li></li></ul><li>Land Use<br /><ul><li>Alternatives to Sprawl
  26. 26. Compact development improves accessibility, preserves farmland, protects the environment
  27. 27. e.g. Linking water/sewer infrastructure to new dev.</li></ul>R. Arendt, Rural By Design<br />
  28. 28. Transportation<br /><ul><li>Accessibility ≠ Bigger, Wider, Faster
  29. 29. Accessibility = Choices for walking, biking, transit AND driving</li></ul>http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/<br />www.bikepedimages.org | Dan Burden<br />
  30. 30. Transportation<br /><ul><li>Complete Streets encourage Active Living
  31. 31. “Complete Streets means that our streets are planned to be safe and accessible for pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and drivers—all users, regardless of age or ability.”
  32. 32. NOT “all modes on all roads”
  33. 33. Design for 8 and 80—communities for a lifetime
  34. 34. MnDOT state-wide policy (2010)
  35. 35. Local policies in Pipestone, Albert Lea
  36. 36. Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition resources http://www.mncompletestreets.org/</li></li></ul><li>Transportation<br /><ul><li>Minnesota Complete Streets Coalitionhttp://www.mncompletestreets.org/
  37. 37. National Complete Streets Coalitionhttp://www.mncompletestreets.org/</li></li></ul><li>Transportation<br /><ul><li>Corridors of Activity
  38. 38. store-fronts close to street, destination usesbalance on-street parking with bike lanes
  39. 39. Transit-Oriented Design
  40. 40. short blocks, destination transit service</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/completestreets/<br />
  41. 41. Transportation<br /><ul><li>Pedestrian Amenities
  42. 42. Benches, bike racks, kiosks, human-scale lighting, planters, drinking fountains, street trees</li></li></ul><li>Transportation<br />Example: Pedestrian Info Kiosk to Strengthen Walking connections in Downtown Buffalo, MN<br />Peter Bruce created and implemented an outdoor, illuminated, electronic kiosk project for City of Buffalo as a strategy for improving walking connections in this small city on the edge of the Minneapolis metro area. Community Enhancement/ Pedestrian Studies managed the kiosk vendor selection, structural design to meet project objectives, and design to ensure visibility to drivers and pedestrians.<br />The kiosk was sited on a key retail corner in downtown. Kiosk features include a retail directory and map, event calendar which can be updated with the push of a button at city hall, and the 5-day weather forecast. Changeable community images are printed on backlit side panels. The illuminated color panels on the kiosk are designed to act as beacons to foot traffic and be visible from one block away in each direction.<br />http://pedestrianstudies.com<br />
  43. 43. Transportation<br /><ul><li>Traffic Calming
  44. 44. curb extensions, brick/cobblestone street surface, narrower traffic lanes, traffic circles</li></ul>Before<br />After<br />MnDOT: TH 13 and Scott County Rd 2<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/completestreets/<br />
  45. 45. Transportation<br /><ul><li>Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
  46. 46. SRTS is a sustained effort by parents, schools, community leaders and government to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. </li></ul>Education<br />Encouragement<br />Enforcement<br />Engineering<br />Evaluation<br />
  47. 47. Parks, Recreation & Open Space<br /><ul><li>Protecting Natural Environment good for public health and safety
  48. 48. Conservation of natural areas & floodplains
  49. 49. “Green” is good for nature and economy</li></li></ul><li>Parks, Recreation & Open Space<br /><ul><li>Provide both Active & Passive Recreation
  50. 50. Parks & Trails w/in 400m of new development
  51. 51. Greenways
  52. 52. Tree plans
  53. 53. Summer/after school/public rec programming</li></li></ul><li>Economic Development<br /><ul><li>Amenities for Active Living are attractive to New Economy workforce
  54. 54. Affordable housing for all life stages
  55. 55. Local food options
  56. 56. Community Policing Through Environmental Design
  57. 57. Redevelopment plans should also remediate potential environmental issues
  58. 58. E.g. lead paint abatement, abandoned tanks</li></ul>MPCA<br />MDA<br />
  59. 59. Local Water Management<br /><ul><li>County-level local water management important to environmental protection
  60. 60. Clean water & sewage treatment
  61. 61. Wellhead protection
  62. 62. Soil erosion
  63. 63. Public education</li></ul>Redwood Soil & Water Conservation District<br />
  64. 64. Resources<br /><ul><li>Active Living By Design: http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/
  65. 65. Design for Health: http://www.designforhealth.net
  66. 66. MDH Physical Activity page for Communities: http://www.health.state.mn.us/cdrr/physicalactivity/communities/communities.html
  67. 67. MnDOT Complete Streets: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/completestreets/index.html
  68. 68. MnDOT Safe Routes to School Program: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/
  69. 69. National Safe Routes to School Partnership website: http://www.saferoutespartnership.org
  70. 70. Rural Health Research Center at University of Minnesota http://www.sph.umn.edu/hpm/rhrc/
  71. 71. Rural Health Research Center at University of Southern Maine: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/ihp/ruralheal/
  72. 72. Southwest Regional Development Commission: http://www.swrdc.orgJohn C. Shepard, AICP; Development Planner 507-836-1633</li>

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