Walking Maps Aim To Get Columbus Residents Moving

UPDATED: Friday August 15, 2008 3:18 PM

As part of an effort to help Columbus residents Commit To Be Fit, a map maker is creating walking maps for 15 Columbus neighborhoods.

Christine Green is striding through the streets, finding the best ways to get around. She has found some things she likes, 10TV News reported.

"Here we have great wide sidewalks, it's a lot easier to be able to walk on them," Green said. "There are pretty things to look at, which encourage people to want to walk because you feel invited."

She also noticed things, such as chain link fences along the sidewalk, in other neighborhoods that she did not find appealing.

"It kind of sets up this defensive feeling in a neighborhood," Green said.

Neighbors walked with Green and pointed out the obstructions, like broken posts and uncapped water lines.

"We'll work to get the Division of Water to do something about either covering or removing this," said Institute for Active Living Director Barb Seckler.

Seckler said to reduce chronic illness, people need to eat better and move more.

"The walking maps are a great example of a very fun way to get people moving," Seckler said.

"I think that it's a good idea because I know that in this neighborhood a whole lot of people walk," said Jane Johnson.

"Walking is very important to me," said Miles Curtiss. "I won't even live in a neighborhood if it's not walkable."

Click here to download the walking maps.

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