Friday, May 10, 2013

Support the levy

    I am writing in support of the BCRD’s temporary levy to reconstruct and repave the Wood River Trail.
    The levy will be on the May 21 ballot because the bike path is nearing the end of its typical 30-year life and in some places it is cracked and bumpy, making it unsafe for certain activities. As a health professional in Blaine County, I talk to a lot of patients about weight and health. I educate them on the importance of eating well but also stress to them that exercise is a critical factor in losing weight and maintaining health. Whether I am encouraging patients with diabetes to exercise daily or talking with parents of young children about the importance of daily exercise and activity for their kids, I regularly mention the bike path as a means of becoming more active.
    The convenience of the bike path is a very important factor, since people who live from Bellevue to Hulen Meadows and anywhere in between can easily access it. The bike path provides us with so many healthy exercise opportunities, from cruising along it with the kids to a place for competitive athletes to train. It really is one of the true gems of the valley, so we need to keep it in top shape so we can stay in top shape.
    Please join me in voting “yes” on Tuesday, May 21, for the two-year levy.
Cortney Vandenburgh

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