Blue Zones Project in Pottawatomie County heard from Shawnee residents to participate in the Built Environment Broadway Marquee Vision to address the need for a more walkable, bikeable, and livable street that supports active transportation in Pottawatomie County.

Taking a people-centered approach, the event began with a biking audit on Broadway, a powerful educational tool that let participants see, feel, and hear the treatments and principles of bikeability in action, and ended with a Town Hall where community members collaborated on strategies for built environment improvement including the potential for a road diet. In University Place, WA a 61% decline in annual crashes was found as a result of implementing a road diet.

The workshop was led by Dan Burden, an internationally recognized authority on livable and sustainable communities, healthy streets, traffic calming, and bicycle and pedestrian programs. In 2014, the White House honored Dan as a “Champion of Change.” TIME Magazine named Dan “one of the six most important civic innovators of the world,” 2001. Over the past 35 years, he’s helped more than 3,700 communities.

“The Design Charrette gave us an opportunity to voice our opinions about the future of our streets and intersections. We were able to talk to the City and to our neighbors about how to uphold what we value through walkable and bikeable street design.”

–Odus Compton, Broadway resident, Shawnee, OK

Brought to Pottawatomie County through an innovative sponsorship by the Avedis Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.

Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones” and “The Blue Zones Solution,” Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the built environment, policy and social networks.