Strategies for Your Environment
- Institute a Safe Routes to School and a "Walking/Biking School Bus" program at your community school.
- Integrate walking and biking messages into the curriculum.
- Hold educational assemblies on pedestrian and bicycle safety to teach students about traffic regulations and about how to walk and bike defensively.
- Create social networking opportunities such as a “Bike Share” program, a “Bike Buddy” program, or biking and walking groups.
- Participate in exercise programs in the community to maintain strength and balance.
- Provide pedometers to encourage walkers to keep track of their mileage.
- Post signs in your neighborhood that remind drivers to slow down and be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Set up bike repair stands on recreational paths.
- Create advertising campaigns in the community to emphasize the health benefits of walking and biking.
- As a healthcare provider, talk with your patients about choosing biking and walking as a simple way to improve mental and physical health.
- Consider writing prescriptions for walking and biking to improve patients’ mental and physical health.
- Stress the importance of wearing helmets.
- Provide referral system for patients so that they can access further physical activity resources informing them about the health benefits ofwalking and biking.
- Offer incentives or rewards to employees or members who walk or bike to work.
- Organize “walking breaks” during the work day or meetings that exceed one hour.
- Hang signs to encourage employees and visitors to use the stairs.
- Provide knowledge activities such as guest speakers, fitness assessments, and informational videos.
- Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer incentives for logging physical activity.
- Consider ways to improve public health through public policy.
- Support policy changes that promote active transportation.
- Create publicity events to showcase physical improvements to the built environment such as roadways and bike paths.
- Improve driver education courses to stress the importance of sharing the road and yielding to bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Provide changing rooms, showers, and/or lockers for your employees or members.
- Install bicycle racks at your worksite, school, office, or meeting place.
- Suggest and encourage that trips under one mile to be made by walking or biking instead of driving.