If you're a walker, runner or biker -- or if you just have an opinion on how to improve roads, sidewalks and trails in St. Clair County -- a Thursday night meeting may be of interest to you.
The Walk, Run, Bike St. Clair County event invites the public to a group discussion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at O'Fallon Public Safety Building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road.
Rita Boyd is a co-chairwoman of the Complete Streets Leadership Team, a spin-off of the We Choose Health grant. The St. Clair County Health Department created the team, which has been meeting regularly for two years.
"We've worked extensively with mayors and city planners and citizen groups to talk about what they can do to encourage complete streets," she said. "It occurred to us that we hadn't talked to people that are very high users of biking and running trails."
She said people who use their bikes to commute to work or school and those who bike or run heavily for recreation may have a unique views of how to improve trails, sidewalks and roads.
"We know that they have a different perspective because they've got their eyes out there," Boyd said. "If we're missing something, we want to hear from them."
Members of the St. Clair County Health Department, Get Up & Go! and the Heartland Conservancy will facilitate Thursday's discussion.
Cheryl Singsank, president of Get Up and Go!, said at the meeting there also will be an update about the progress that has been made through the county grant.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. In addition, there will be open exhibits from metro-east walking, running and bicycling groups.
To register, visit www.getupgo.info; walk-ins are welcomed but pre-registration is preferred.
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