Siouxland District Health Department and SIMPCO are partnering with Woodbury County communities to help create more walkable and bikeable communities throughout the county.
Walkable communities lead to more social interaction, physical fitness, diminished crime, and increased wellness, addressing many social and economic problems. Walkable communities are more liveable built environments that lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them. They also attract and keep jobs, young adults, families, children and grandchildren.
Walkability assessments have been completed in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Moville, and Lawton. Each community has reviewed their scores and are addressing issues based on priority. Improvements such as adding adequate signage, removing brush over sidewalks, painting visible crosswalks, adding curb ramps, and installing adequate bicycle parking have been completed. Funding for these improvements was provided by the Wellmark Foundation and city budgets.