Community - Active Living

Active Transportation

Active transportation integrates physical activity into daily routines such as walking or biking to destinations such as work, grocery stores or parks. Active transportation policies and practices in community design, land use and facility access have been proven effective to increase physical activity and promote an active lifestyle.

Regional Active Transportation Plan

In November 2015, the Regional Active Transportation Plan was finalized, thus providing Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties, along with the Regional Active Living Advisory Group (RALAG) with a five-year work plan to create a region where walking and biking is part of everyday life. 

  1. City Partnerships
  2. Rice Park & Trails
  3. Bike Friendly Communities
  4. Comprehensive Planning

City Partnerships

SHIP staff have been working closely with cities in Benton County to assist them in planning for the future, and creating changes that increase access to healthy foods, allow for active transportation, and reduce tobacco Use and exposure.
Foley Safe Routes to School

Working With SHIP

The City of Foley has been working closely with SHIP staff on a number of initiatives that support a healthier environment for the community. Collaboratively, the city, school district, county and city engineer, and SHIP staff have been working to complete the Transportation Alternatives Grant Application to begin implementing their pedestrian plan. This would create safer routes to school, and create connections to the downtown business district.

City of Foley SRTS

After many discussions, the city and county decided it would be to everyone's benefit to create a City of Foley SRTS committee to address a number of concerns, and increase the amount of people walking and biking in the community. On December 6th, the City of Foley adopted a resolution supporting Safe Routes to School efforts and a SRTS committee. We plan to start a SRTS Committee and leverage this resolution in the future when applying for future funding, grant applications, and working toward initiatives that support walking and biking in the community.