The City of Snoqualmie does not have a Master Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. While some new neighborhoods have sidewalks, many sidewalks are missing full connections to schools, and some are even separated by a state highway. Between 2000 and 2010, the City grew from 1,600 to 10,000 residents, including a substantial youth population. In 2006, 17 percent of the population was between the ages of one and six. There are already some signs of health concerns from limited activity among some age groups. With a limited budget, we have to examine how to best use our funding to maximize health opportunities for our citizens.
This grant will go towards the research and development of effective, practical methods for addressing healthier lives for everyone in Snoqualmie. Developing a Master Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will address community transportation goals that include multi-modal access to schools and basic necessities in the community. In addition, joint-use agreements with different facilities within the City will be sought to further encourage citizens to adopt active lifestyles. The project should result in the introduction of complete streets to the City, safe alternatives for school access, nutritional standards for government operations, and positive health policies.
Hopes for the future
By adopting a Master Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the City, encouraging joint-use agreements with key community facilities, and creating a nutritional standard at the government level, the groundwork will be laid for healthier eating and active living in Snoqualmie. A prioritized list of effective policies, programs and improvements in the City Comprehensive plan will provide a clear and prioritized task list for City Council and departments to help guide successful implementation.