A note from our colleague Nik Coates, who works on Active Transportation issues at HEAL (Healthy Eating Active LIving) NH:
HEAL NH will hold its fourth Active Transportation Training Series session called, “How to Make Local Projects Safer and More Accessible for Pedestrians and Bicyclists.” It is with great enthusiasm that we offer this session to local municipal volunteers, planners, public works officials, engineers, public health advocates and others!
The session is free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this [information} with others. But please note that pre-registration is required because seats are limited. It will be September 9, 9am-noon, at the HEAL office (Conference Room 6) located at 125 Airport Road, Concord (https://goo.gl/maps/oVugF). Free lunch will be provided from the Works Bakery Café at 11:30am and there will be optional networking until 12:30pm to allow for attendees to learn more from presenters and each other.
Please RSVP (and direct any questions) to Nik Coates at [email protected] or 415-4263. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please let us know.
Headlining the session will be Amy Lovisek, Assistant Recreation and Facilities Director for the City of Laconia; Nate Miller, Executive Director of the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission; and Mike Vignale, Engineer and Principal of KV Partners.
Amy successfully worked with Public Works staff from her city to improve an unsafe intersection leading into a park that was being renovated. An inspiring case study of her work is attached to this email. Nate has been a statewide leader in finding solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety issues for rural communities working the NH Department of Transportation. Mike provides engineering support to municipalities around New Hampshire with emphasis on elegant and functional designs for people walking and on bikes. Attached are pictures of two projects (Bristol and Pemboke) Mike designed and oversaw that have led to more children walking and bicycling to school and safer neighborhoods.
The agenda is still being finalized, but here is the near-final version:
- Mike Vignale – Presentation focusing on what was done to make Pembroke and Bristol projects more safe and accessible, how they were done, and what attendees should know to accomplish this work in their communities. Followed by Q&A with Mike.
- Nate Miller – Presentation focusing on what can be done in rural communities to make them safer for people on bikes and walking and how to work with local officials and NHDOT through the process. Followed by Q&A with Mike.
- Amy Lovisek – Presentation focusing on how and why Amy and the HEAL coalition worked with Laconia’s Public Works department to improve Wyatt Park and access to it. Followed by Q&A with Mike.
By the end of the session, attendees will:
- Have a basic understanding of what makes for safer and more accessible design for active transportation.
- Know how to work with your regional planning commission on active transportation projects.
- Know how to work with public works staff on active transportation projects.
- Know how to educate the public and officials in decision-making about bicycle and pedestrian issues.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon, and seeing you on the 9th!
Nicholas J. Coates (Nik)
Active Living Coordinator, HEAL NH
Foundation for Healthy Communities
125 Airport Road
Concord, NH 03301