The City of Emporia in partnership with Healthier Lyon County coalition has been granted a $100,000 Healthy Kansas grant by Blue Cross Blue Shield. This grant will directly help fund the 2023 Sidewalk System Improvements Project which serves to create better, safer pedestrian and bicycling pathways. The 2023 Sidewalk System Improvements Project will be focused on the areas of 12th Avenue and Burlingame Road and 24th Avenue from Prairie Street to Lincoln Street. Both of these locations will see improvements or additions of sidewalks, safer pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the installation of a dedicated public transportation bus stop on 12th Avenue. These sidewalks will provide better connectivity within the city as well as routes to healthy food.