ACHIEVE WICHITA: PLANNING
FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OPPORTUNITIES
Regular physical activity has many health
benefits but many Americans don’t reach recommended levels.
· The Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita
commissioned a survey showing that less than half of area residents felt their
neighborhoods were designed to encourage outdoor activities. Many also said
that outdoor activity in parks and open spaces was a problem and that overall
condition of parks and the condition of paths and walkways made outdoor
The Action Communities
for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change initiative, or ACHIEVE, applies
a community model using health departments & YMCAs as trusted conveners and
community ‘coaches.’ The National Association of Chronic Disease
Directors and YMCA of the USA provide ACHIEVE
grants and technical assistance, using funding from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, to enhance local communities’ abilities to develop and
implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that will help
prevent or manage health-risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes,
cancer, obesity, and arthritis.
ACHIEVE funding instigated policy action in
Wichita by providing training to an existing coalition’s leadership team at an
ACHIEVE Action Institute and by facilitating development of an action plan
based on successful examples of policy changes that impacts health.
ACHIEVE educated public works staff, city
engineers, and policy leaders about the importance of complete streets, a transportation planning concept unfamiliar to
them that integrates all modes of transportation and types of users into a
The Wichita City Council endorsed all 12 streetscape improvement concepts recommended in a Streetscape Improvement Plan
for East Douglas Avenue.
Two paths now connect downtown and northeast
Two main downtown feeder streets that connect to
eastside neighborhoods, an elementary school, high school, grocery store, and
churches were re-striped with bike lanes.
Over 130 new bike racks are installed all over
Wichita, including several connecting neighborhoods that have high-density
The transportation department now has bike racks
on buses used by over 1,000 people in just one month last year.
Wichita is now developing a bicycle master plan
and forming a bike/pedestrian advisory group.
The Wichita Metropolitan Planning Organization
is now emphasizing infrastructure to support multi-modal transportation.
Wichita Chamber of Commerce