Supervisor Higgins approached GObike in 2021 (while Supervisor-elect) to begin the process of applying for a Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grant to conduct an extensive community engagement process and develop a feasibility study that connects the Allegheny River Valley Trail and the planned Southern Tier Trail to a system of greenways that would improve access from the school to the village.
Allegany-Limestone Middle High School is 2.2 miles from the Village of Allegany along a 45mph road with no sidewalks. These conditions present a barrier for any of the 626 students, 99 faculty and staff, and the 100 households along the route who would like to choose to travel using any mode other than a vehicle. Walking, bicycling, and walking with the use of strollers or assistive mobility devices has been shown to have significant benefits for individual and community wellness, both physically and mentally.
Among the Allegany-Limestone student body, a significant number of individuals are overweight (15.9%) and obese (20.9%) impacting predicted health outcomes (2020-2021). Additionally, 17% of town residents are 65 years of age or older, which is above the national average of 15%.