Ted Heyd, coordinator for LiveWell Wheat Ridge (LWWR), presented council with a letter endorsed by 32 businesses, agencies and organizations from the metro area supporting the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.
Heyd and LiveWell Wheat Ridge claim the improvements to 38th Avenue promote healthy living while bolstering economic and social vitality.
Heyd made his presentation before council during the public comment section of the April 8 meeting. The 38th Avenue Retrofit Endorsement letter is a promotional and educational document that LWWR circulated to businesses and individuals residing in the metro area.
The letter praises the city’s efforts in creating a safe, walkable and bikeable downtown that improves the physical health of citizens as well as the social and economic viability of the city. The letter has garnered the attention of many reputable entities since Heyd first approached council about it back in December. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 1st Bank and Wheat Ridge 2020 among others have announced their support for the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.
The goal of LWWR is to prevent obesity in the community by fostering programs and developments that enable healthy living. A walkable downtown is not only safer for pedestrians but also gives residents the chance to shop in Wheat Ridge while getting good exercise.
Heyd pointed out the benefits of including multiple modes of travel.
“There is data that shows that creating walkable and bikeable communities positively affects property value, said Heyd. “We’ve seen places where businesses are overlooked but in places like Old Town Arvada, people slow down. They’re able to see the boutique shops and other businesses and will stop to patronize.”
The slower pace of a walkable community allows citizens to not only engage in the local economy but also in the social atmosphere. The addition of .3 miles of bike trails and 3 outdoor amenity zones to 38th allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely travel downtown to participate in community events like Live Local Wheat Ridge’s weekly running club.
Though the Retrofit Letter is no longer in circulation, Heyd and LWWR encourage residents to be informed about the changes at 38th by reading the agenda for council meetings and study sessions.