The American Heart Association recommends getting the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity per week. Walking, jogging and regular cycling are great ways to reach this goal. It helps to improve your heart and brain health and reduce your stress level. When city planners and government officials are looking to build and upgrade streets in New Mexico, we want to make sure that they consider everyone using our streets, including pedestrians and cyclists. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the number one killer of Americans, and one of the easiest ways to fight heart disease and stroke is to create environments that help us to be more active.
Complete streets are a vital part of active living. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe and comfortable access to transportation – whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transit. But too many of our streets are designed only for cars and not active living.
Let's make streets for everyone a reality. Share your support and let your local leaders know that safer bike routes and sidewalks should be a priority in your community.