Healthier Cities breed Healthier Tourism

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Cities across the Rio Grande Valley continue to make their communities healthier as well as more appealing to tourism. In Harlingen, communities are getting together to launch a new active transportation and tourism plan.

About 10 cities in the Rio Grande Valley are expected to take part in the plan of interconnecting bike trails. This is all in hopes of giving our community healthier options as well as alleviating traffic congestion. The idea was inspired by Gil Penalosa, the man behind healthy visions such as Ciclovia and 8-80 Cities.

Mr. Penalosa says, “This is something great because it is linking a lot of communities, which is going to be great for tourism but even more important is going to be great for the local residents, so that the local residents are going to be able to use it and go from one community to another and they’re going to be interwoven into the cities.”

The signing ceremony for the active plan initiative will be tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon at the Brownsville Museum of Art. Collaborating cities include Combes, Laguna Vista, Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, San Benito and South Padre Island.

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