Friday, July 11, 2014

Streets Alive! Lee helps people commit to healthy lifestyle

The results are in from Streets Alive! Lee, last fall's open streets event in downtown Fort Myers. The event itself was a hit and it also held positive benefits for attendees and insights for the Southwest Florida Community. 

A new report completed by Dr. Cindy Banyai, Principal at Banyai Evaluation & Consulting, shows that Streets Alive! had a positive effect on people. The event encouraged people to commit to healthier eating and more physical activity, in fact 59.7% of people committed to increasing their weekly physical activity after attending the event. 

Youth contribute to "Pop-Up City Hall" 

Dr. Banyai's report also reflects the concern that people have in Southwest Florida about safety for cyclists and pedestrians and a lack of appropriate infrastructure to support them. These concerns, however, do not mean that people in Southwest Florida are shying away from bicycling. 55.6% of people reported positive feelings about riding their bike. 

Woman responds to "Road Words" activity on transportation in Lee County

Much of the data in the report came from the innovative and interactive displays at the BikeWalkLee booth at the Streets Alive! event. These displays gave Dr. Banyai information to derive the results of the evaluation, and helped people in the community have a voice in these important areas of health, safety, and bicycle/pedestrian concerns. You can even view videos of people telling their stories from the road on the BikeWalkLee Youtube channel.

For more information, you can click here to view the full report from Banyai Evaluation & Consulting.

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