The Tri-County Health Department, in collaboration with the City of Glendale and Communities Putting Prevention to Work, conducted an HIA on the Glendale Riverwalk, a 1.5 million square foot commercial and entertainment complex in Colorado. The HIA focused on active transit in the city of Glendale-particularly walkability, bikeability and public transit usage-as it relates to the Riverwalk development. The HIA found that while Glendale has the potential to be a walkable and bikeable city, participation in active transportation is hampered by large blocks, lack of bike lanes and lack of connection from the Cherry Creek Trail to the rest of the community. The HIA made several recommendations including planning and implementing a complete sidewalk network, placing bike lanes on major streets leading to the Cherry Creek Trail, installing bike lanes on key connecting streets, instituting traffic calming measures on key streets, encouraging way-finding with signs, maps and landscape cues for pedestrians, and ensuring that infrastructure improvements near transit stops and public transportation stations are prioritized to address the increased demand for public transit usage to and from the Riverwalk.
This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.