This article describes how community need was addressed through a traffic calming pop-up event in rural Arkansas. The event was conducted on routes connecting a neighborhood, two schools, and a municipal park. A brief survey assessed safety concerns of parents and/or guardians related to children walking or biking to school. Prior to the event, parents/guardians reported it was not safe for their children to walk or bike to school; however, the majority agreed the event made the area safer. Small-scale traffic calming events can provide evidence to stakeholders that built environment changes are an important childhood obesity prevention strategy in rural Extension work.
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Spear, M. J., Rowland, B., Vincent, J., Brown, T., Wilson, A., Palenske, C., McElfish, P. A., Long, C. R., Presley, J., & Balis, L. E. (2022). Results of a Rural Traffic Calming Event to Promote Physical Activity. The Journal of Extension, 60(2), Article 18. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.02.18