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									                         October Active Michigan Communities Newsletter

The Michigan Fitness Foundation knows you are busy and can’t always take the time to track
down news about what communities across the state are doing to create active living
environments. So, to maximize your time and help you stay updated on active living initiatives
occurring statewide, the Michigan Fitness Foundation provides the AMC Newsletter with
resources that will help you stay connected to all of the active living news and information from
around the state.

FEATURES
Galesburg receives $600,000 grant to revitalize downtown
Pedestrian safety subject of forum held in downtown Ann Arbor
Traverse City’s Front Street a Top 10 Great Street

‘Green Grand Rapids’ parks and recreation recommendations ready for review
Oshtemo meetings look at park upgrades

BCBS Promotes ‘Walk to School Day’
Bikers, walkers to get $1.7 million pathways in East Lansing
Ten Michigan counties to receive more than $5 million in federal Transportation
Enhancement
Union sidewalk ordinance sent back to planners

BATA Riders: More village service means more customers
GR Hopper bus system connects patrons with downtown Grand Rapids bars

Kentwood ready to create its first mountain bike trail, in Stanaback Park
New signage marks Heritage Water trail from Holly to Fenton
Trail of the Month: Pere Marquette Trail of Mid-Michigan

*COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT*
Birmingham makes top 20 retirement locations list

EVENTS
Walking/Biking Task Force to present concept plan and gather input at public meetings

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Champions for Healthy Kids

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCEMENTS
Promoting Active Communities Awards

RESOURCES

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FEATURES:
Galesburg receives $600,000 grant to revitalize downtown
Kalamazoo News
By next spring, downtown Galesburg will have a new look thanks to more than $600,000
presented to the city Friday by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The money will be
used to pave four city streets, rehabilitate three city parking lots, create new pedestrian crossings
and install a streetscape project…

Source: http://bit.ly/2Kvieo

Pedestrian safety subject of forum held in downtown Ann Arbor
AnnArbor.com

The invitation to the forum being held by the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition says
there's a serious issue to be addressed in Ann Arbor: Pedestrian safety. "We love walking down
our tree-lined streets in Ann Arbor, along the Huron River and through our vibrant downtown," the
invitation reads. "But as motorists, we don't yield for pedestrians at crosswalks. We ignore 'no
right turn on red' signs. We speed through residential neighborhoods. Why? Not all communities
in America experience this problem..."

Source: http://bit.ly/3aEjog

Traverse City’s Front Street a Top 10 Great Street
My North

The American Planning Association (APA) announced that Front Street has been designated one
of 10 Great Streets for 2009 by APA's Great Places in America program. APA Great Places
exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating
communities of lasting value…

Source: http://bit.ly/TcGSn

‘Green Grand Rapids’ parks and recreation recommendations ready for review
The Grand Rapids Press

More than two years after the seeds for Green Grand Rapids were planted, the project is getting
ready to bear fruit. City officials involved in the update of the master land-use plan and the parks
and recreation master plan are inviting the public to “Green Gathering: Call to Action” to discuss
the project’s next steps…

Source: http://bit.ly/4EN6xQ

Oshtemo meetings look at park upgrades
Kalamazoo News

Sketches of what Township Park and Flesher Field might look like with new trails and other
facilities will be shown at upcoming design forums in Oshtemo Township. During an Oct. 6
workshop, residents and township officials expressed support for improved trails and rest rooms
at the two parks as well as the possible addition of a splash park and a designated area for
dogs…

Source: http://bit.ly/48Ijxg

BCBS Promotes ‘Walk to School Day’
WXYZ-TV / Detroit

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan encouraged schools across the state to step up the fight
against childhood obesity by participating in International Walk to School Day (iWalk)
Wednesday. "The International Walk to School Day fits right in with broader efforts underway to
help schools reduce the risk and prevalence of childhood obesity," said Lynda Rossi, BCBSM
vice president of social mission and public affairs…

Source: http://bit.ly/1iI4Q2

Bikers, walkers to get $1.7 million pathways in East Lansing
Lansing State Journal

A portion of Saginaw Street promises to become safer for bikers, walkers and schoolchildren in
2010. City officials announced Thursday a $1.7 million plan to replace areas of intermittent
sidewalks of varying widths with consistent 8-foot-wide paved pathways on both sides of the well-
traveled thoroughfare in an area spanning from approximately Glencairn Elementary School to
Patriarche Park…

Source: http://bit.ly/39RTmn

Ten Michigan counties to receive more than $5 million in federal Transportation
Enhancement
The Michigan News

The Granholm Administration today announced that nine Michigan counties will soon benefit from
more than $5 million in federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding. The funding will bring
about the widening or improving of 24 miles of bike paths and paved shoulders across the state,
the restoration of a historic brick street in Jackson, streetscape improvements in Big Rapids and
Elberta, and a project to beautify the Saginaw Valley gateway area at I-75 and Birch Run...

Source: http://bit.ly/1frLAv

Union sidewalk ordinance sent back to planners
The Morning Sun News

Amid an effort to establish sidewalks in Union Township, the Board of Trustees Wednesday sent
a proposed ordinance back to the township planning commission for further study. Union
Township's planned ordinance is only the beginning of the process to create sidewalks. After the
board approves the ordinance, the next step would be to create a plan to find the most desirable
places to have sidewalks…

Source: http://bit.ly/2h8OEO

BATA Riders: More village service means more customers
Great Lakes Bulletin News Service

A new “Grand Vision working group” aimed at public transportation is forming; the group, one of
six that are open to public participation, will try to make the Vision’s transit findings a reality.
Significantly, those findings, based on more than a dozen community workshops, comments from
15,000 area residents, and a scientifically random survey, point directly at what the Connectors’
riders said they want: stronger transit connections between villages and cities…

Source: http://bit.ly/2z0mCR

GR Hopper bus system connects patrons with downtown Grand Rapids bars
The Grand Rapids Press

The GR Hopper bus service launched in late August is offering $5 a night unlimited rides between
10 downtown and West Side hot spots from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The
buses make 30-minute loops along downtown night spots. Peter Woodhouse, president and
founder of the company, said he hopes the service catches on with college students, Griffins
hockey fans and others who just want to get around at night without the hassle or risk of driving
and parking…

Source: http://bit.ly/1zjcB

Kentwood ready to create its first mountain bike trail, in Stanaback Park
The Grand Rapids News

Stanaback Park’s deep ravines, rough terrain and wooded areas could become home to the city’s
first mountain bike trails. Members of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association recently toured the
park, north of 44th Street SE and east of Breton Avenue, and met with parks and recreation
officials to discuss trail plans.

Source: http://bit.ly/kjEAL

New signage marks Heritage Water trail from Holly to Fenton
Flint Journal

Funded by a $25,500 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, the new signage
marks the climax of years of dreams and hard work by Headwaters Trails and others. Many
credit that success to Headwaters Trails president Sue Julian and husband Chuck, longtime
champions for restoring the waterway and increasing its recreational opportunities…

Source: http://bit.ly/3Qydkq

Trail of the Month: Pere Marquette Trail of Mid-Michigan
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

One of the hallmarks of rail-trails is the comfort and convenience of enjoying them. What may
seem like natural ease, though, is often the product of meticulous planning and maintenance. And
few pathways take more pride in upkeep and user experience than the 30-mile Pere Marquette
Rail-Trail of Mid-Michigan, which runs from Midland to Clare…

Source: http://bit.ly/3xV4s

*COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT*
Birmingham makes top 20 retirement locations list
C&G

City Manager Tom Markus was not surprised when a representative from CNNMoney.com
informed him that Birmingham had made their Best Places for a Healthy Retirement list.
CNNMoney.com noted that in Birmingham, the focus is on walking, although it’s just a half-hour’s
drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Detroit. The Web site went on to say that because
of the city’s efforts, Birmingham is now considered among the top 20 walkable towns in the U.S…

Source:
http://bit.ly/4iH77N

EVENTS:
Walking/Biking Task Force to present concept plan and gather input at public meetings
Walk Bike Lansing

The City of Lansing is holding two non-motorized network plan meetings November 4th and 5th.
The goal of the network plan is to provide a framework for creating a comprehensive network of
sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, crosswalks and other non-motorized facilities in the city of Lansing.
Source: http://bit.ly/2HmNvp

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
Champions for Healthy Kids
General Mills: Youth Nutrition & Fitness

The General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association Foundation
and the President's Council on Physical Fitness, developed the Champions for Healthy Kids grant
program in 2002. Each year since inception, the General Mills Foundation awards 50 grants of
$10,000 each to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a
balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.

Source: http://bit.ly/4CcsSa

ACTIVE COMMUNITES ANNOUNCEMENT:
Promoting Active Communities Awards
Teams in a record number 34 Michigan communities participated in the 2009 Promoting Active
Communities (PAC) program to evaluate how they could make their hometowns more active,
livable and economically viable by designing for physical activity.

The 34 communities, including 17 first-time participants, represented 25 counties across the state
and accounted for the highest number of participants since the revised version of the PAC
assessment was launched in 2006.

In addition to increasing awareness of active living in the community, participants will receive an
award for their efforts at a Dec. 9 ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Those interested
in learning more about designing active communities or the PAC program can visit
http://www.michiganfitness.org/.

RESOURCES:
A Legal Primer for the Obesity Prevention Movement. Public health advocates and scientists
working on obesity prevention policy face challenges in balancing legal rights, individual freedom
and societal health goals. To help policy-makers avoid crossing constitutional boundaries, the
authors of this study distilled the legal concepts most relevant to formulating policies aimed at
preventing obesity: police power; allocation of power among federal, state, and local
governments; freedom of speech; property rights; privacy; equal protection; and contract rights.

Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research. In an effort to
further illuminate the opportunities and barriers transportation policy creates for building healthy
communities, PolicyLink and Prevention Institute published an edited volume with details and
depth into the intersection of transportation, equity and health.

Rail Trail Studies of Proposed and Existing Rail Trails. There are many rail trails currently in
use or in planning stages across the US. There is a list of some of the studies and related
materials which may be useful in understanding the issues and how other rail trail efforts have
addressed these issues.


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