The city council finds as follows:

     (a)  The first criteria listed on the governor’s fit city application states a city must adopt a resolution affirming fit-friendly commitments by community leaders and elected officials; and

     (b)  Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The goal is to accumulate at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Individuals may do this in a variety of ways such as walking or bicycling for transportation, exercise or pleasure; playing in the park; working in the yard; taking the stairs and using recreational facilities; and

     (c)  The city of Duluth affirms activity-friendly commitments such as:

           (1)  Develop and maintain its cohesive system of parks and trails, incorporating accessible neighborhood parks;

           (2)  Establish processes to access and improve existing local active infrastructure (e.g., by using design guidelines);

           (3)  Require that neighborhood streets be designed with pedestrians and bicyclists in mind (e.g., by using design guidelines);

           (4)  Continue to support recreation programs that encourage active living;

           (5)  Continue to ensure that physical activity facilities (youth/senior centers, trails, etc.) are accessible and affordable;

           (6)  Create and maintain walkable routes to existing schools;

           (7)  Introduce active living issues, such as walkable communities, into public dialogue;

           (8)  Increase measures for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth is committed to providing an activity-friendly community to its residents.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city council hereby authorizes proper city officials to apply for approval to participate in the governor’s fit city program and take part if accepted.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes the city to join a state-sponsored program to encourage improved physical fitness of its residents.