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Obesity & City Planning


Obesity has become the worst epidemic disease in America. The World Bank estimates that obesity cost the United States 12 percent of the national health care budget in the late 2004, about $160 billion.

The obesity crisis is leading us into three distinct problems. The first is an increased incidence of a number of chronic diseases, including: type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, asthma, osteoarthritis, and even some forms of cancer. Two-thirds of all diabetes and heart diseases are a result of obesity. The second predicament is the combination of increasing numbers of elderly people, among whom these diseases are more prevalent, and the increasing health care costs for this population.

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El Paso hosts first U.S. Ciclovia!

Sunday morning, May 5th arrived in El Paso with beautiful blue skies, a temperature of 60 degrees and little or no wind. It was a perfect day to “Take the Parks to The People”. Ciclovia is a concept born in Bogota, Columbia just over twenty years ago. Now on any Sunday morning one can find as many as a million people in selected streets of Bogota. Ciclovia is also part of Bogotá’s push to promote public transportation and has increased sales of bicycles nearly 1,000% in the last eight years. In 2003 Ciudad Juarez started a similar program and soon had as many as 60,000 people participating on Sunday mornings, but a change in city administration brought this to an abrupt end just over two years ago. In 2005 the idea of having a Ciclovia in El Paso was born. Then after a two year struggle and many hours of hard work El Paso has become the first city in the United States to boldly host a Ciclovia program.

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El Paso Hosting First Ciclovia in the U.S.

This May, El Paso is taking parks to the streets with Ciclovia. Every Sunday morning from 7am to 11am, Ciclovia gives the people of El Paso back their roads. Motor vehicles are detoured from the route allowing everyone the freedom to enjoy the outdoors- safely. Ciclovia is more than a ride, it’s more than a bike lane and it’s bigger than any park we could build. It is an opportunity to change the lives of El Pasoans, bringing them outside, to parts of town they may have never seen before and in ways they’ve never traveled.

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Bikes for Tykes Call for Volunteers

Bikes for Tykes needs 15 volunteers to help with a 180 bike give-away through the Big Brothers and Sister Organization. The event is on Feb 28th from 5:30 to about 7:30 p.m., at the Lowes Anatole in Dallas. Teams from Big Brothers and Sisters assemble new bikes, and unbeknownst to them, there are Little Brothers and Sisters waiting for the bikes when they are finished. But before the kids get the bikes, we need volunteers to check the bikes over and remedy any problems with the assemblies.

In addition to getting a number of bikes to deserving kids, the organizing company also pays Bikes for Tykes for the service. This helps Bikes for Tykes pay the rent and buy supplies for the year. If you have the time to help out this deserving organization, contact Peter Cox at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CarShare Launches Austin Program

On August 24, 2006, Austin CarShare launched its founding membership pre-enrollment at Austin City Hall. Many individuals spoke about how the program works and how it will benefit Austin and the people who use the program.

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