Safe & Healthy Communities


Complete Streets Initiative
Complete streets are for everyone.  They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users.  People of all ages and abilities are able to move safely along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling.  Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.  The Complete Streets Initiative strives to promote access and safe accommodation for multiple modes of transportation.  By collaborating with others, the Bureau of Health focuses on a variety of activities that follow the 5 E’s: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.  This approach provides a platform for many community organizations to partner with the Bureau of Health to streamline active transportation efforts.

York Urban Garden Association (YUGA): An Urban Gardening Initiative
YUGA is an urban gardening initiative that aims to provide the resources necessary for neighborhoods and organization to create and maintain community gardens in the City of York.  The Bureau of Health connects with neighborhoods and community champions to provide the framework and approach that lead to a sustainable urban garden.

Healthy Corner Store Initiative
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative aims to increase access to affordable healthy food options in neighborhood corner stores.  The Bureau of Health has researched the lack of fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, such as low sodium products and low-fat dairy products.  The Bureau of Health will work with corner store owners and other organizations to improve the quality of food available for city residents.

***All programs are offered free of charge.  If you would like more information on any of the Safe and Healthy Communities programs or are interested in partnering with the City of York – Bureau of Health, please contact Craig Walt by email at

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