Posts Tagged ‘Food & Fitness Initiative’

Two Complete Streets meetings planned for Detroit

Monday, October 17th, 2011

There are two upcoming Complete Streets community meetings planned for Detroit.

According to the brochure:

Participants will learn about complete streets, discover some local examples of complete streets and understand what Detroit is doing to implement this kind of infrastructure. They will also learn how they can become more active in the process. Detroit area organizations doing
work related to complete streets will have tables at both events with information for the public.

These meetings are similar to the one held earlier this year in Corktown?(but without the Slows Food.) This time, one meeting will be on the East side while the other is in Northwest Detroit.

Both events are free of charge and will have light refreshments.

All attendees are asked to RSVP by Friday, October 28, 2011 via phone at 1-877-926-8300. If there are any questions, please email Myra.

These events are made possible by sponsorship from the Michigan AARP, the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative, and the city of Detroit.


Complete Streets updates: Detroit and Hamtramck

Monday, February 7th, 2011

There is a new Facebook page called Complete Streets in Detroit.

We are asking that you support a Detroit Complete Streets ordinance which will make the city a safer place to walk, bike, and more.

Please consider giving this page a “Like”.

And on a related note, there is the relatively new Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative (DFFC) web site.

In working for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, I serve as co-chair of the DFFC Built Environment committee. One of our major Built Environment goals is to pass a Complete Streets ordinance in Detroit. There is more information about that effort on the DFFC site.

The DFFC is funded through the Kellogg Foundation, and as we mentioned before on m-bike, William K. Kellogg was an active cyclist and lifetime member of the League of American Wheelmen.

Complete Streets in Hamtramck

Last week Model D published a story on Hamtramck’s Complete Streets resolution. Jason Friedmann, Director of Community and Economic Development noted that Complete Streets are extra important in Hamtramck given its large immigrant population and low car ownership.

He says every type of user of the streets should benefit. “People on bikes, pedestrians who are walking, people who are disabled, and not just cars,” are targeted in the resolution.

That’s important in a city like Hamtramck, a hub for new immigrants, a place where more than 30 languages are spoken in school.

“We have a lot of people coming here from different parts of the world, who don’t have cars or can’t afford cars when they first come here,” Friedmann says. “And then a lot of them end up staying here because they like not having cars, being able to get around on a bike or DDOT transportation. Half of our residents, 50 percent of our residents do not have cars.”

The article also briefly discusses the city’s plans for more bike lanes — a project that just needs some grant matching funds in order to move forward.

Kellogg Foundation Annual Networking Conference

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I am posting this entry from the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Arizona. This is where the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is having their annual networking conference. I am attending as a participant in Detroit Food and Fitness Initiative which is funded by the Foundation over the next three years. Part of that funding now covers my job as Detroit Greenways Coordinator for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.

Of course, Kellogg doesn’t just want to fund people and efforts.  They want to see positive changes that meet their mission of improving access to healthy foods and providing safe environments for active living — especially for children.

The Detroit-specific Food and Fitness objectives fall into three categories: food systems, schools, and the built environment. The built environment objectives include advocating for Complete Streets and making Detroit a more walkable and bikeable environment — including Safe Routes to School.

Perhaps what’s most exciting about this is how the Food and Fitness Initiative is the diversity and experience of the  collaboration working on these issues.

As for the conference, I’ve come away with a couple big takeaways.

First, we need to do a better job engaging youth in our advocacy efforts. Going before city councils to ask for betting biking facilities often fall on deaf ears. Having a room full of young adults asking for the same is far more powerful. We really need to engage Metro Detroit youth in these non-motorized issues.

Second, we should look at doing a baseline assessment of biking and walking in the city of Detroit. We don’t have data on how many people  chose these options for transportation. The American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau is in nearly  all case imprecise and of basically no value. (Despite that, groups like the Alliance for Biking and Walking use it to rank cities — not smart.) We need to know where we’re at now so we can celebrate our inevitable increases in the future (and justify greater public and private investment.)

— Todd Scott

Kellogg Foundation invests in Detroit

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

W.K. KelloggWe recently wrote about W.K. Kellogg’s early bicycling advocacy efforts including his lifetime membership in the League of American Wheelmen.

Those efforts have continued through the Kellogg Foundation which has invested in trails throughout Michigan.

Here’s more good news as of last Monday.