FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Subject: KAISER PERMANENTE COLORADO AWARDS $85,000 to the City of Greeley
The City of Greeley, through the generous donation of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, has been awarded $85,000 to produce a Bicycle Plan for the City that will be an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
There are many types of bicycle plans throughout communities today. The City of Greeley expects to have a mix of policies, projects, and programs identified in the plan. The focus of the plan, or the best approach to the plan, will be determined and identified through research and a comprehensive public involvement effort. “It is our intent to come up with a bike plan that fits Greeley”, says Eric Bracke, Traffic Engineer.
The first and most important principle to remember when developing the Bike Master Plan (BMP) for the City of Greeley is that it is a partnership. Not only is this a partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the City, but a partnership with the bicycling community, the public at large, elected officials and employers. Effective partnerships created through the ongoing involvement of key stake holders ensure buy-in, which in turn will lead to implementation of the BMP.
In the spring of 2013, the City of Greeley was designated as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists. This distinguished designation was awarded to the City of Greeley because of our sustained commitment to cycling. The City has done much in years past to increase the number of cyclists in the community - from our road diet program, the trails program, community events such as the Zombie Zoom, bike rodeos for children, bikes as part of the street standards and the establishment of the Bike Advocacy Group. However, there is still a great deal of room to grow in our cycling efforts.
It is expected that the project will be started this coming spring and full public process will be part of crafting the plan. Opportunities for public input and participation will be well advertised.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 540,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the sixth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $92 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.