Complete Streets Comes to the City of Pittsburgh
Easier and safer to walk, bike and increase physical activity.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association commends the Pittsburgh City Council in the recent adoption of a Complete Streets policy. By implementing Complete Streets policies to city transportation planning, the streets of Pittsburgh will be safer for everyone whether they are walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association was a proud partner in helping decision-makers develop this model policy which will encourage government agencies to design networks that incorporate all modes of transportation and safe access.
Regular physical activity decreases the risk factors of major health issues including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. By supporting, building, and providing alternative forms of safe and accessible means of transportation, such as sidewalks, walking and bike paths, the City of Pittsburgh is improving the health of our community and region.
“We applaud the Pittsburgh City Council, Department of City Planning, Mayor Bill Peduto, and our partners for recognizing the need for a Complete Streets approach to transportation planning,” said Sandy Volpe, AHA Board Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Region. “Everyone should have safe routes to travel safely, no matter how they choose to travel. With this policy in place, we are one step closer to building a culture of health and ultimately improving the lives of our family and friends.”
Two-thirds of our children and half of adults in this country don’t get enough physical activity, and three out of 10 adults don’t get any exercise. Complete Streets will make it easier for people to be more active in their community.