DENVER — Kaiser Permanente Colorado has awarded nine Colorado communities more than $865,000 in grants to help design safer, healthier and more accessible transportation options. Known as the Walk and Wheel program, this funding will help create ways for Coloradans to travel around town on foot or by bike.
The grants are part of Kaiser Permanente’s Walk and Wheel grant program, designed to engage Colorado communities in the creation of safe environments that foster access to a variety of healthy ways to commute.
“The way we design our cities can have a huge impact on the health of our communities. By improving access to trails and paths through the Walk and Wheel program, we are taking a step in the right direction for making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
To qualify for a Walk and Wheel grant, each community determined how funding would be used and submitted an application that detailed ways to encourage people to get out of their cars and start walking and biking more often.
Each grant is unique and the communities will use the funding in different ways. For example, the city of Lafayette will use the grant to create and promote an active transportation map and way-finding signage to encourage use of existing routes, while the city of Aurora will use a portion of the grant to install two bike-detecting traffic signals at a busy intersection near the Anschutz Medical Campus. Grant amounts varied depending upon community need and types of proposed projects.
The following communities received Walk and Wheel grants:
- City of Aurora
- City of Colorado Springs
- City of Ft. Collins
- Town of Milliken
- Weld County
- City of Lafayette
- City of Greeley
- City of Lone Tree
- City of Pueblo
- Boulder County*
*Applied for Technical Assistance only (no funding)
Kaiser Permanente is considering additional Walk and Wheel funding in the future.
For more information on Kaiser Permanente’s community benefit work, please visit: kp.org/communitybenefit.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for 45 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 565,000 members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top- ranked commercial health plan in Colorado and the fourth ranked Medicare plan in the nation. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2013, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $96 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us on Twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.