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Manhattan Beach Promotes Health Through Community Design

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In 2010, the City of Manhattan Beach joined the Blue Zones Project–Vitality City Initiative,15 a regionally funded effort to enhance the well-being of people who live and work in the beach cities of Southern California. The goal of the regional partnership is to make the beach community a more walkable, bikeable, healthy and socially engaged place by implementing sustainable land use and community design principles.

In 2011, the City of Manhattan Beach adopted a Vitality City Livability Plan, a bicycle master plan and secured funding to enhance its Safe Routes to Schools program to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school.

In 2012, the city established a goal to double the number of bicycle paths in the city. To accomplish this, the city is developing a mobility element for its general plan to focus on increasing biking and walking opportunities and help create a healthier, more bike and pedestrian friendly community.

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