Pop-Up Crosswalk

Pop-Up Crosswalk

A temporary crosswalk has “popped up” at the corner of 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in Oshkosh. A pop-up is a resident-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost and scale-able interventions to catalyze long-term change. Residents of Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association have identified this intersection as sometimes difficult and unsafe to cross. This intersection is close to Franklin Elementary School, Stoegbauer Park and St. Jude Catholic Church, places where children and families frequently go.

The goals of this temporary demonstration project are:

  • Hear from residents about the real-world use of streets and public spaces
  • Engage community members in activities that impact issues they’ve identified
  • Test aspects of a project before making large financial investments
  • Encourage people to work together in new ways, strengthening relationships between residents, non-profits, local businesses, and government agencies

Did you experience the pop-up crosswalk? Share your thoughts about it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/popupcrosswalk

The pop-up crosswalk will only be up through May 8, 2019 so make sure to check it out next time you’re out and about. Search #reTHINKcrosswalks on Facebook for additional project info!

This project could not have happened with out so many community partners combined efforts. Thank you to Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, St. Jude the Apostle, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Safe Routes to School program, Art City Wraps, Uptown, Oshkosh Storm Companies, Growing Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh Sociology and Geography Departments, and the City of Oshkosh.

Winnebago County Biking and Walking Map

Winnebago County Biking and Walking Map

If you’re looking for the best routes for walking and bicycling in Winnebago County, there is a new resource for you! The Winnebago County Trails map, put together by the Winnebago County Bike/Ped Stakeholder Team, shows paved and unpaved routes, trails and facilities along with important amenities and features like public restrooms, points of interest, pet friendly areas, and fix-it stations. The online map works on any smart device and printed maps will be finished soon.

View and use the online map here: https://bit.ly/2Dja4As

If your travels take you outside of Winnebago County, check out http://foxcitiesgreenways.org/trails/trail-mapping/

To suggest additions or edits to the map, contact Emily edieringer @ co.winnebago.wi.us

Fourth Annual BikeOsh Event Set for May 11th

Fourth Annual BikeOsh Event Set for May 11th

BikeOsh is a free bike-themed event to promote using bike lanes, sharrows, trails and other bicycling amenities, local businesses and healthy living. This scavenger-hunt, Amazing Race-style event gives you a chance to try out using your bike for transportation and experience Oshkosh in a whole new way. The fourth annual BikeOsh is on Saturday, May 11 starting at 10am.

Use your pedal pass to get stamps at pitstops located all over the city. Start at any pitstop you choose. The more pitstops you get to, the more stamps you collect, the more tickets you receive for chances to win awesome prizes donated by our pitstop sponsors! Pedal passes will be available on event day at all pitstops, but we recommend you try picking one up prior to the event or download and print it here: Pedal Pass 2019

Go solo or as a group, but make sure you go on your bike. Helmets are strongly encouraged and follow all the rules of the road. Meet at the Oshkosh Seniors Center at 1pm for more fun and prizes!

Let everyone know you’re riding on May 11 on the BikeOsh event page. Use the hashtag #BikeOsh on social media to tell us how your ride goes.  Visit the BikeOsh Facebook page or follow @BikeOshkosh on Twitter for other updates and photos!

Welcome Allison!

Welcome Allison!

Welcome to Allison Laverty Montag! Allison is new to the Healthy Food & Beverage team this year and will be involved in the Farm to Early Care Initiative to help encourage increased consumption of veggies and fruit in early childcare programs. Serving as the team’s staff team chair, she will be involved in organizing coalition meetings, planning activities and creating social media content.

Allison has been with the Winnebago County Health Department for 9 years and is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC. We are excited to have Allison join us!

Welcome Paige and Corey

Welcome Paige and Corey

Welcome to re:TH!NK’s newest AmeriCorps member Paige Swanson and team support staff Corey Sagehorn!

Paige is serving re:TH!NK with Wisconsin HealthCorps for 2018-19. She was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Fitness at UW-Oshkosh. Paige decided to serve with AmeriCorps to gain experience working in public health.

Corey started working with the Winnebago County Health Department in July as a Community Health Strategist. She is from Neenah and went to school at Purdue before earning a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Corey will be working to support the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action team.