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The City of Columbus (Indiana) is building upon existing health efforts and partnerships.  The coalition work is lead by Healthy Communities and the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department.  The initiative has focused on increasing daily physical activity by bridging the gap between policy adoption and implementation as it relates to the built environment. The built environment includes all of the physical community where we live and work (e.g., homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and infrastructure). The built environment has a direct influence on a person’s level of physical activity. The goal of the coalition has been to improve pedestrian access across the community by focusing on three distinct strategies.

  • Analyze and design bicycle and pedestrian crossing treatments at three key intersections along a specified segment of the Columbus People Trail System that connect people to important area parks.
  • Develop a case study for the design of bicycle and pedestrian crossing treatments at state highway intersections.
  • Launch a broad public awareness campaign that will highlight the importance of designing and building the community in a way that promotes physical activity as part of a daily routine. This strategy will include a website, public presentations, a photo vision project, and physical activity infographics, among other strategies.

Check out the resources below and follow Healthy Communities on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about these efforts and what the coalition has accomplished.

Learn more about our impact:

Success Story: April 2016                              Success Story: September 2015               Mini-webinar #1                                                                Mini-webinar #2

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Brochure: Go Healthy                                                    Walking Towards Greatness                                       Intersection Study 

Go healthy brochure                                        col IN walking towards greatness                                      Col IN Intersection Study


Health Communities: Laura Garrett                               Sidewalk Talk: The Rust Family                                                            Sidewalk Talk: The Arturo Family


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Coalition Members:
Healthy Communities
City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department
City of Columbus Engineering Department
columbus IN logosColumbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)
Columbus Parks and Recreation Department
Columbus Park Foundation
Columbus Department of Community Development
Columbus City Garage
Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility (MACDA)
Safe Routes to School Committee
Columbus Bicycle Co-op
Various Community Members

To request additional information from the Healthy Communities coalition, contact