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Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Get Moving Miami Gardens is a collaborative project focused on creating and activating a walking and biking route from City Hall along NW 187th Street. By hosting activities and installing features like painted crosswalks, pop-up parks, and signage, we’re redefining public space to improve safety, access, mobility, and physical activity in Miami Gardens.

Be a Part of the Movement!

Share your thoughts! This project will only be successful with your insight and feedback. We hope you’ll also stay in touch. Subscribe to our mailing list, and follow us on social media to stay up to date on project activities, and learn about opportunities to connect with other residents and stay physically active.

Increasing Access, Mobility, and Safety

This project aims to increase opportunities for physical activity in Miami Gardens by improving the walking and biking experience between key destinations. We’re collaborating with multiple partner groups and community members to create an activity-friendly route from City Hall along NW 187th Street.

The project will result in temporary physical improvements to streets, sidewalks, parks, and transit stops (features like pop-up parks, signage, painted crosswalks, art, etc.) that will allow community members to engage with potential improvements, provide feedback, and identify effective permanent changes to be made in the future. The Get Moving project will help accelerate long-term changes to mobility in Miami Gardens, increasing safety, access, and physical activity. 

This project will highlight to the community that access to everyday destinations can be easily traveled to by active transportation (walking and biking), which can, in turn, improve their physical and mental health. The destinations will be focused in the area of zip code 33056, which was identified as an area of higher need because of the increased number of chronic diseases and the higher reliance on public transportation. The everyday destination to be connected through this project include:  

• City Hall 

• Carol City High 

• Carol City Middle 

• Barbara Hawkins Elementary 

• Brentwood Park 

• Post Office 

• Multiple Apartment Buildings and Residential Neighborhoods 

• West Side Blueway Multi-Use Trail 

• The City of Miami Gardens Trolley 

The Get Moving project is co-designed by Community Liaisons—Miami Gardens residents hired to the project team to help enact the changes they wish to see in their communities. In addition to participating in the co-design process, Community Liaisons collect and analyze input from the broader community, connect with partners, and lead outreach.

Be Aware of Where You Park: Now more than ever, people are having to walk or bicycle as a necessity to access food, employment, and many other basic needs. As Miami Gardens residents, we can help create a space that is safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. This video helps to explain why parking a vehicle that blocks the sidewalk can create a situation where people may need to enter the street or cross in a vehicle’s blind spot to pass.

Creating Safe Routes to School:
You may not be walking and biking to school right now, but getting outside is still really important. Check out the Hibiscus Elementary student’s artwork and tell us what you think!

About the Funder

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is a multi-year project aimed at making the City of Miami Gardens a healthier place to live, work and play. The project focuses on bringing the community together, developing a plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. The project is funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approached to Community Health (REACH).

Stay Connected

Do you have any questions or comments? Please feel free to reach out to Teara, Community Resident/Liaison at teara@urbanhp.org, or 305-680-1007. If you need assistance in Spanish, please contact Arely at arely@urbanhp.org. Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Arely a arely@urbanhp.org.

REACH Year 3 Community Survey

About This Survey
Live Healthy Miami Gardens is collaborating with Urban Health Partnerships to increase bikeability in Miami Gardens. Through a survey conducted in 2020, we learned that Miami Gardens bicyclists do so primarily for exercise, with many fewer people biking for transportation to destinations around the city. We also learned that most survey respondents experienced barriers to biking in Miami Gardens, with speeding, aggressive vehicles and a lack of bike lanes or bike lanes in poor condition coming in at the top of the list. Live Healthy Miami Gardens is seeking to address these issues and encourage more biking in Miami Gardens by supporting the creation of safe, accessible bike infrastructure throughout the City. One comprehensive and proven way to do this is for a city to adopt a Complete Streets Policy.

Help provide your input by completing the survey below:

The #GetMovingMG Scavenger Hunt

The Get Moving Miami Gardens scavenger hunt was created to promote an active lifestyle while encouraging community members to think about incorporating walking and biking into their everyday activities, such as getting to their everyday destinations. We hope that by getting around town using the Get Moving path and completing these fun photo challenges and activities will help you view the city through a different lens. We hope that you can have a fun and unique experience with the hunt! Let us know how you like it with your pictures and posts!

How to Participate in the Scavenger Hunt

Find Sunny by utilizing the Get Moving path to visit some of our favorite everyday destinations in Miami Gardens. Look out for the bird feather along the pathway for hints on getting to the next stop. At each stop, you will be prompted to complete the challenges on social media using the #getmovingmg hashtag. 

Sunny is your guide to solving the clues in this scavenger hunt! Today Sunny is feeling adventurous and will be making 6 stops along the Get Moving route.

Find Sunny along the Get Moving Path and join in on the fun! (View route below)

How to Participate:

1) Using the route map, find Sunny along the path!

2) Take a selfie of yourself at one or all of the numbered destinations and look for feathers to find the challenge questions

3) Post your Sunny selfie to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #getmovingMG and include the answer to the challenge question in the caption

4) There are 6 challenges total along the route. We encourage you to complete each challenge and let us know what you think of the path!

Stay Connected

Do you have any questions or comments? Please feel free to reach out to Teara, Community Resident/Liaison at teara@urbanhp.org, or 305-680-1007. Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Arely a arely@urbanhp.org.

Our Partnership with Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Urban Health Partnerships has partnered with Live Healthy Miami Gardens (LHMG) since 2016 in support of a healthier and more equitable Miami Gardens community. Live Healthy Miami Gardens aims to foster and maintain a community culture of health and well-being for all residents of the city through access, information, activities and services. LHMG works to develop and implement community-level strategies to address 5 focus areas:  

• Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs 

• Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition 

• Mental Health 

• Physical Activity 

• Primary Health Care

UHP has worked closely with the LHMG Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Subcouncil to lead in the identification of policy, systems, and built and social environmental changes that can help increase physical activity and improve the health of Miami Gardens residents. UHP has partnered with LHMG on various projects. Visit the tabs on the left of this page for more information. 

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is an initiative aimed at making this vibrant neighborhood a healthier place to live. The initiative, which launched in 2014, focuses on bringing the community together, following a strategic plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is providing the project up to $3.75 million in support over the first six years of the initiative. For more information on Live Healthy Miami Gardens, visit: http://livehealthymiamigardens.com/. 

About Our Work on Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an initiative that promotes walking and bicycling to school through a range of activities, such as infrastructure improvements, campaigns, tools, safety education, and encouragement incentives. In 2018, UHP worked with seven schools in Miami Gardens to develop a city-wide SRTS plan that identified a range of strategies that could be implemented locally for each of the 6Es: 

• Equity 

• Engineering 

• Encouragement 

• Engagement 

• Education 

• Evaluation 

Urban Health Partnerships strives to promote equity for disenfranchised and vulnerable communities throughout South Florida. In support of the recent removal of “Enforcement” as one of the “6 E’s” from the Safe Routes to School Framework by the National Safe Routes Partnership (Source: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/blog/dropping-enforcement-safe-routes-school-6-e%E2%80%99s-framework), we are updating our materials and processes to include the new “E”  of “Engagement” instead. This change acknowledges the importance of listening and working with the community toward change but also recognizes the inequitable impacts of law enforcement on communities of color. This will be the first step in working with community members to identify Safe Routes to School strategies that are empowering and that prioritize the need for systemic change.

During the 2019/2020 school year, we have been working with four schools, Hibiscus Elementary, Rainbow Park Elementary, Carol City Middle, and North County K-8, to implement a school-specific SRTS implementation program. Each program is individualized using the range of strategies identified in the SRTS Plan. Activities include: 

• Parent Education 

• Walk and Bike to School Day Events 

• Open House Activities 

• Infrastructure Recommendations 

• Walking Audits 

• Progressive Ticketing 

• Safety Campaign 

• Tactical Urbanism Elements 

• Kid Activities 

Through this program, we aim to create safer and healthier opportunities for families to walk and bike not only to school, but throughout the community.  

UHP has implemented our Community Liaison (CL) Framework in communities throughout South Florida. In support of our Live Healthy Miami Gardens project, 3 CLs who are residents of Miami Gardens have been hired to serve as bike/walk community coordinators. The CLs will help advance the work and sustain the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program over the long term. The CLs will receive training and support to become champions for health and active transportation and work side-by-side with the UHP team in the implementation of the SRTS strategies.  

Let’s Ride Learning Activity: This learning activity introduces kids to riding the Miami Gardens Express. The Miami Gardens Express is a free bus service that connects schools, parks, libraries, and many other places of interest around the city. The Let’s Ride resource walks kids through how to use a transit map, how to plan their ride, and how to follow the rules of riding safely. View below or download here.

Safe Routes for All Public Service Announcement: Now more than ever, people are having to walk or bicycle as a necessity to access food, employment, and many other basic needs. As Miami Gardens residents, we can help create a space that is safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. This video helps to explain why parking a vehicle that blocks the sidewalk can create a situation where people may need to enter the street or cross in a vehicle’s blind spot to pass.

About the Funder 

Health Foundation of South Florida

The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to invest in and be a catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate income populations. Established in 1993, the nonprofit foundation has awarded over $125 million to nonprofits providing programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit hfsf.org and follow @HealthSFL.

About Our Wayfinding Plan Project

The goal of the Wayfinding Plan project was to create an active transportation wayfinding plan that builds off the existing signage throughout the City and creates a more explicit connection to community assets, such as parks, health centers, healthy restaurants, healthy stores, and schools. Wayfinding is a component of the Live Healthy Miami Gardens Community Action Plan and aligns with sub-strategies in the mental health, physical activity, nutrition, and primary care focus areas. The plan lays out the most important destinations to provide information on active transportation options for residents. An extensive network of parks, walking paths, bike lanes, trails, and bus and trolley service already canvas the City, this action plan improves those connections and could be installed through existing City of Miami Gardens funding or other grant opportunities. 

(Map of signage locations)

One of the essential components of providing wayfinding throughout a City is to provide information to residents and visitors so that they can orient themselves and navigate from place to place. The focus of this plan is to improve physical activity by providing information to the community about opportunities to walk, bicycle and ride transit to specific community assets in the City of Miami Gardens. The plan would highlight destinations to parks, health centers, and schools, but also will look at areas that the community could access for their daily needs such as commercial districts, healthy restaurants, healthy stores, and other points of interest. This plan is aimed at building off the signage that exists throughout the City of Miami Gardens near parks and at trolley stops. 

About the Funder

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is a multi-year project aimed at making the City of Miami Gardens a healthier place to live, work and play. The project focuses on bringing the community together, developing a plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. The project is funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approached to Community Health (REACH).

Master Mobility Plan

In 2018, UHP worked with the City of Miami Gardens to create a Master Mobility Plan that combined the siloed efforts of the different City departments into one comprehensive pedestrian and bicyclist vision for the community. The aim of the Master Mobility plan was to create a list of pedestrian and bicycle projects that would increase active transportation options throughout the City. The process produced a list of prioritized mobility projects and static mapping for the City to implement. 

About the Funder 

Health Foundation of South Florida 

The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to invest in and be a catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate income populations. Established in 1993, the nonprofit foundation has awarded over $125 million to nonprofits providing programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit hfsf.org and follow @HealthSFL. 

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes

The goal of this project when conducted in 2017, was for UHP to develop a list of physical activity strategies to create a safe environment that promotes walking and bicycling and increases Miami Gardens residents’ incidental physical activity levels. 

We utilized the reiterative step-by-step process to leverage community resources and address barriers in achieving the set goal. The 8-step process generated a list of strategies around policy, system, and environmental changes that would increase physical activity (PA) of Miami Gardens residents through bicycle and pedestrian improvements. 

Events

Upcoming Events

Past Events

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2020: Live Healthy Miami Gardens Summer Series: Join us from 3:00- 3:30 pm, to learn about the upcoming Get Moving Miami Gardens scavenger hunt,  mascot name reveal, and how to participate in the activation of physical environment changes along the project route.

Stay tuned and follow LHMG on Facebook for updates.

 

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Intro to Get Moving Miami Gardens: Join us for a live stream where the Miami Gardens Community Liaisons will share information on the project and how you can get involved in the movement! From: 6:00-6:30 pm via Zoom & FB Live.

Register via Zoom here or via Facebook here.

Hibiscus Elementary Walking Audit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hibiscus Elementary Walk to School Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rainbow Park Elementary Walk to School Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carol City Middle Walk or Roll to School Day

Resources

Live Healthy Miami Gardens

https://livehealthymiamigardens.com


Safe Routes to School Partnerships

https://saferoutespartnership.org


Let’s Ride: Miami Gardens Express Learning Activity for Kids.

Click here to view.


iWalk Safe

http://iwalksafe.org/


iBike Safe

http://ibikesafe.org/


Smart Growth America: National Complete Streets Coalition

https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/national-complete-streets-coalition/

Contact

Questions about our work with Live Healthy Miami Gardens?

Please contact Jen Cheek, jen@urbanhp.org.