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Kelly Black, MA, engagement lead
Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley
4Bikes installation demonstrates temporary cycle track
Permanent installation slated for early 2022
Walla Walla, Wash. – October 18th, 2021 – The city of College Place, Walla Walla University and Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley are installing a temporary two-way bike lane along Fourth St. The demonstration project will allow community members to experience the cycle track prior to the permanent installation scheduled for 2022.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley will partner with the city of College Place and Walla Walla University students to install the temporary cycle track during the university’s annual fall service day. Eastbound traffic along Fourth St. will be re-routed during the time of the installation, approximately 9:00 a.m. to noon. College Place Mayor Norma Hernandez, City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello and Walla Walla University President Dr. John McVay are scheduled to offer remarks after the volunteer projects conclude, at approximately noon, on the lawn between the Canaday Technology Center and the University Church.
The city was awarded a Complete Streets grant from the Transportation Improvement Board to continue the cycle track constructed previously on Fourth St. and Academy Way. The project is currently under design and is planned for construction in early 2022. It will extend the existing cycle track on 4th Street and make sidewalk improvements from Davis St. to College Ave. The project will also install new decorative lighting along Fourth St. from Academy Way to College Ave. that will match the lights currently along College Ave. Information on this project can be found at: www.cpwa.us/residents/4bikes_(fourth_street).php.
“The 4Bikes project is a quintessential example of a Complete Street and exemplifies the ideals in the Complete Street ordinance adopted by City Council back in 2017 that states the city will strive to construct roadways that are multimodal (car, bike, scooter, pedestrian),” said Michael Rizzitiello, College Place city administrator. “4Bikes will complete a key bikeway that was prioritized in the Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan.”
“The 4Bikes project in College Place is a great example of a complete street that makes it safer and more convenient for people to bike and walk. Helping people move naturally is an important way to increase physical activity and positively impact physical and mental health in our community,” said Emily Brown, public policy advocate, Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley.
If you have any questions for the city of College Place, please contact Michael Rizzitiello, city administrator, at email@example.com or 509-394-8506.
About Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Blue Zones Project is based on research by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five cultures of the world — or blue zones — with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Blue Zones launched the first pilot community in 2009 in Albert Lea, Minn., with groundbreaking results. In partnership with Sharecare, the model has since been applied to more than 50 communities across North America, impacting more than 3.8 million citizens. The population health solution includes two health districts in California; 15 cities in Iowa; the city of Fort Worth, Texas; Corry, Pa.; Brevard, N.C.; Walla Walla Valley, Wash.; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin.
About Blue Zones Project - Walla Walla Valley
Blue Zones Project® is brought to Walla Walla Valley through an innovative sponsorship with Adventist Health and in partnership with Walla Walla University and Blue Zones, LLC. Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii, as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones® organization, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work and other initiatives, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement.