We're excited to share with you that the American Heart Association is working with Las Cruces city leaders to pass a complete streets ordinance that ensures city streets and roads can be safely used by all residents.
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Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all people who are walking, bicycling, driving, or riding public transportation. Complete streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of our communities. They allow children to get to school and parents to get to work. They bring together neighbors and draw visitors to neighborhood stores.
Apart from ensuring safety on our streets and roads, the complete streets ordinance is also designed to promote healthy living. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adoption of complete streets policies as a strategy to prevent obesity. The risk of obesity increases 6% for each hour spent in a car, while it decreases 4.8% for each additional kilometer walked. States with the lowest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
The American Heart Association, along with our partners AARP and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, are pleased to announced that in early August the Las Cruces Health Policy Review Committee is planning to take up the complete streets ordinance for discussion.
Please stay tuned for more updates and way to take action in support of complete streets!