Creating better health together with more active places and spaces
Communities designed with safe and convenient spaces for walking and biking make it easier to be active. Appealing features like parks, playgrounds, trails, sidewalks and bike lanes encourage and allow residents to get more physical activity.
Being active is not only good for your health, it's good for the economy. The bicycling industry in Minnesota produced an estimated $780 million in economic activity in 2014, including 5,500 jobs.1
Learn how MDH and its partners are supporting efforts to make walking easier. Visit the Walk Friendly Communities web page.
SHIP is making an impact
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grantees are working with community partners in planning processes that advance support for active living. As a result of this work, communities are making it easier for residents to integrate walking and biking into daily routines, whether it’s for transportation or recreation.
SHIP grantees also help by supporting:
- Communities, businesses and universities to obtain Bicycle Friendly designations through the League of American Bicyclists
- Communities to conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts
- Educational opportunities and trainings, including Walk! Bike! Fun! pedestrian and bicycle safety curriculum
1Qian, X. Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Transportation. December 2016. Get details here.