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Walking and biking now safer and easier in Elyria and Oberlin

Posted on: November 29, 2018

 Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) works with partners around the region to make it safer and easier for people to be physically active. Active transportation - or human powered travel, like walking and biking - helps people meet daily physical activity recommendations.

“We’ve collected data from Lorain County residents that tells a story about what makes it hard to live a healthy lifestyle. LCPH and our partners work together to find solutions to real problems that people face,” said Lorain County Public Health Commissioner David Covell, RS, MPH.

According to the 2015 Lorain County Community Health Assessment, nearly one-quarter (23%) of Lorain County adults do not get the physical activity they need to stay healthy. Survey respondents say the following issues make it hard to get physically active: unsafe conditions, poorly maintained or no sidewalks, no walking/biking trails, and no access to parks, among others.

To address these issues, LCPH community partners in Elyria and Oberlin worked together on the following improvements:

  • In Elyria:
    • Improved entrances and crossings at Cascade Park
    • Installed a bike repair station and bike racks at Cascade Park, West River Branch Library, and Lorain County Community College
    • Promoted walking and biking to Pioneer Plaza’s seasonal farm market









  • In Oberlin:
    • Created a new mid-block cross walk on Pleasant Street, connecting Park Street Park to City Hall, Oberlin Public Library, and downtown area
    • Installed a covered bike rack to support the bicycle check out system at Oberlin Community Services
    • Created a free opportunity to walk indoors at Splash Zone (95 W. Hamilton St, Oberlin) every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., open to people of all ages and abilities





  • Additionally, county-wide partners printed and distributed Lorain County bike maps to highlight safe routes for travel or leisure, and distributed bike lights and safety education at community events.

Lorain County Public Health’s Creating Healthy Communities program supports these collaborations throughout the county to help communities make the healthy choice the easier choice, and to reduce barriers to living a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on how to live healthy, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com. Follow your local health department on Twitter @LorainCoHealth, Facebook, or YouTube.