PlayCore Releases Latest Best Practice Guidebook

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PlayCore’s Center for Research Outreach and Education (CORE) recently released its latest scholarly work, titled Shift Into Gear®, A Bicycling Advocacy Resource. The benefits of cycling are extensive; it benefits people’s health and fitness, promotes societal and community capital, provides economic benefits to the area, enhances the transportation alternatives individuals can choose, and protects the environment. Today, advocating for and building cycling infrastructure is more important than ever.

The research, planning tools, and case studies in Shift Into Gear® can assist cities and communities in advocating for, building, and maintaining cycling infrastructure that is an increasingly attractive tool to help transport a significant number of people in a healthy, convenient, economical, and sustainable way. Planning our cities in a way that encourages people to ride bicycles just makes sense. Bikeable cities and neighborhoods are increasingly seen as essential tools in competing for workers and residents. Biking has many diverse health benefits. The research is clear, bicycling is a key ingredient to creating sustainable cities that promote healthy lifestyles and economic vitality, and redistributing public space that has been dominated by cars, and providing safe and enjoyable places for people to ride bicycles can help build more inclusive and people-friendly communities. Shift Into Gear also includes a variety of case studies illustrating communities that have integrated successful bicycling programs into their daily lives.

PlayCore is proud to have partnered with 8 80 Cities to bring this resource to communities. For more information, and to request a copy, of Shift into Gear, please log on to https://www.playcore.com/programs/shift-into-gear

About PlayCore: PlayCore is a purpose driven Company committed to building stronger communities around the world by advancing play and recreation. The company infuses scholarly learning, through its Center for Outreach, Research, and Education, into its comprehensive family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class educational programming with the most comprehensive portfolio of play and recreation products and services to create tailored solutions that match the unique needs of each community served. Learn more at http://www.playcore.com

About 8 80 Cities: 8 80 Cities exists to create safe and happy cities that prioritize people’s well-being. They believe that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people. 8 80 Cities improves the quality of life for people in cities by bringing citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.Learn more about their oganziation and its work at http://www.880cities.org

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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