The Kittitas County Public Health Department is seeking input from Cle Elum and South Cle Elum residents as part of a survey around built environment work, according to a news release from the health department.

The survey went July 1 to assess walkability and bikeability in the Upper County. Survey respondents can enter a chance to win a gift card from Pioneer Coffee by completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CE-walkbikesurvey.

Built environment refers to our “human-made” surroundings and “walkability” and “bikeability are a terms used to describe how easy it is to walk or bike in a community, specifically issues like are the streets connected, are there sidewalks or bike lanes, does it feel safe, and are places to walk and bike near homes.

This year, KCPHD received a grant via the Washington State Department of Health to address issues with physical activity and nutrition. As part of that grant, KCPHD has partnered with the city of Cle Elum to address issues around built environment.

“We are starting by asking for residential input in the Upper County, so we can determine ways that we can work together in the future to increase walkability and bikeability,” said Kasey Knutson, Health Promotion Supervisor. “Like any issue KCPHD addresses, we need to know what local residents see as concerns.”

This is the first year of the four-year grant. Other areas that the grant will address include breastfeeding access policies, early childhood interventions, and nutrition at local food banks.

For more information about the survey or to request a paper copy, contact KCPHD at 509-962-7515.

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