Greeley officials challenge community members to switch at least one car trip to biking, walking, or riding the bus between Sept. 20 and 26.
The City of Greeley partnered with the City of Loveland and the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Northern Colorado Active Transportation Challenge, #SwitchATrip.
This friendly competition between Northern Colorado communities celebrates active modes of transportation. Officials encourage community members to pledge to walk, scoot, or skate instead of drive at least once during the weeklong challenge. The community with the most pledges wins. Participants can complete a short survey with the pledge for a chance to win prizes as a part of the program.
More information about the challenge, including the pledge link, posters, and other helpful resources, can be found at nfrmpo.org/noco-switch/.
Not sure about pledging to #SwitchATrip? This simple change offers many benefits including:
Using active transportation allows people to get more frequent bouts of physical activity. That can improve physical and emotional health and reduce the risk for chronic disease. Engaging in physical activity outside also helps improve people’s mood and overall well-being.
Health studies show a 12% reduction in mortality associated with active transportation, and an 11% reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease associated with active transportation.
Better Air Quality
Ozone is an issue across Colorado’s Front Range. Emissions from cars, trucks, and motorcycles present a leading cause of ground-level ozone production. Breathing in ozone can cause respiratory issues, especially for vulnerable people like older adults, children, or people with asthma. Biking, riding the bus, and walking reduce ozone levels.
And finally making a little time to walk, scoot, or skate is just fun.
For more information go to nfrmpo.org/noco-switch/, or contact Transportation Planner Allison Baxter at 970-350-9326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.