Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Bicycling is an accessible, convenient form of physical activity that people will choose more often when their environment provides safe, convenient places to bike. The use of bicycling has greatly increased in countries that have policies to make bicycling safer, faster, and more convenient.
There is a strong relationship between bicycling infrastructure and bicycling for recreation and commuting. The use of bicycling has greatly increased in countries that have policies to make bicycling safer, faster, and more convenient. Installing bicycle lanes has a significant impact on bicycle traffic. In contrast, factors found to reduce the use of a bikeway include distance from bikeway, busy street barrier, and presence of hills. Installing separate bike paths provides even greater safety and convenience for cyclists. Creating a built environment that is supportive of biking has the potential to increase residents’ physical activity levels and, consequently, improve health.
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