Healthy Built Environment

The goal of the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Work Group of LiveWell Douglas County is to increase opportunities for physical activity that promotes healthy, active lifestyles. 

We promote active lifestyles by working with policymakers to increase and improve trails, sidewalks, public transit, parks and other community resources. Built environment refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for activity, ranging from buildings and parks to neighborhood streets and transportation systems.

The HBE group supports local efforts to build and maintain sidewalks where people can safely walk, roll, or use other forms of active transportation, build and maintain bikeways where people can safely ride bicycles, and facilitate environments where people can more easily walk, bike, and or use other forms of active transportation to get to priority destinations like work, school, grocery stores and other food resources, recreation, shopping, etc.

We’re are actively engaged in the development of safe routes for bicycling and walking to school, work, recreation sites and other destinations as well as:
•Increasing the number of streets with sidewalks and supporting repair/maintenance of existing sidewalks;
•Completing construction of planned bikeway networks in the county,
•Increasing the number of Douglas County children who walk and bike to school,
•Decreasing non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries on public roads in the county, and 
•Increasing the percentage of area residents who participate in recommended levels of physical activity.

For more information about joining, go to Get Involved.

Work Group Leadership

  • Chair: Dot Nary, KU Research & Training Center on Independent Living
  • Past chair: Chris Tilden, KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research
  • Communications coordinator: Gary Webber, Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition (PedCo)