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Get out and about in Cloquet this summer – without a car!

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Some exciting changes have been taking place around the city of Cloquet in regards to walking and bicycling, from railings on the 14th Street bridge over Interstate 35 to a Cloquet Walking and Bicycling Guide that identifies the network of suggested walking and bicycling routes.

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In addition, the city, in partnership with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), and Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, has secured a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, administered by Pew Charitable Trusts. The grant is working alongside the transportation section update to the city’s comprehensive plan to take on a health lens as the update progresses. A city-wide survey was distributed in April and data, both from the survey, as well as a full literature review has been compiled and incorporated into assessment recommendations.

The city of Cloquet is being very progressive, as they are able, in incorporating bicycle and pedestrian facilities (such as sidewalks, signage, etc.) into their local construction projects. Carlton County’s Transportation Department is doing the same.

Cloquet walking and bicycling guides were mailed out to residents last fall highlighting suggested walking and bicycling routes around the city. An even higher priority focus on bicycle/pedestrian amenities will be addressed on these routes. Additional brochures can be found at the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce.

The city has been, and will continue to collect bicycle and pedestrian counts at key locations around the city to help influence projects and focus areas.

Efforts within the city have been spearheaded by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Grant, also known as “Healthy Northland,” in order to help reduce the risk for chronic disease by making the healthy choice the easy choice for residents. The grant also focuses on healthy school food options and Safe Routes to School initiatives within Cloquet.

If interested in these efforts, or to get involved, contact Meghann Levitt, SHIP Grant Coordinator, at meghann.levitt@co.carlton.mn.us, or call

218-878-2846.

Written by Meghann Levitt/Carlton County Public Health and Human Services

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