What's Rockin' the Suburbs? Walking and Biking

Less than half of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. More people are walking, but just how many depends on where they live, their health, and their age. While the changing landscape of city life gets most of the headlines, suburbs are also experiencing changes.

As reported in the Minnpost, suburbanites are starting to organize citizen initiatives to make their neighborhoods safer for physical activity like walking and biking. Take Josh Sprague who joined community politics to change his suburban neighborhood of Edina, Minnesota. When he first moved to Edina, he was shocked by the danger of passing traffic.

"That's what got me involved in the community," Sprague explains, "and propelled me to the city council. Seventieth Street was like the wild, wild west before we did something about it."

Sprague and fellow community members succeeded in changing speed zones, installed bike lanes, and transformed Edina into a bike and walk-friendly area. One of their key changes was installing "advisory bike lanes," which employ dotted lines to demarcate a shared car and bike space on the road.

"Young families want a place that's walkable and bikeable," Sprague says. "And it's not just about transportation, its about health and wellness, a sense of community, the chance talk to your neighbors, the feeling of living in a town, not an anonymous existence."

Read more about Josh's story here.