Planning for walking and bicycling in YOUR community – FREE WORKSHOP SERIES

by Robin LeBlanc | Mar 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

HEAL-NH (Healthy Eating Active Living)  has launched its Active Transportation Program and is inviting people to attend upcoming free training sessions.

Active Transportation means ways of getting from one place to another in an active way:  walking, biking, skating, blading, boarding, wheelchairs, etc.


The primary purpose of the Active Transportation Program is to provide participants with essential skills in planning and implementing bicycle and walking transportation efforts in their communities.

Participants will learn how to

  • assess the level of readiness a community has for active transportation policies and projects
  • how to find resources and get people engaged in the work
  • make communities safer and more accessible through better policies, design, and construction related to active transportation.

The secondary purpose of the program is to provide participants opportunities to connect with HEAL staff and New Hampshire experts to help them with specific active transportation issues in their communities. Another important purpose is to connect participants with each other to help build a support network for communities currently working on or interested in working on active transportation projects.

The following dates will be when Active Transportation sessions will be offered in 2014.

  • April 22, 9:00am-12:00pm – Topic: Active Transportation Orientation. mandatory for Active Transportation Grant recipients; all others encouraged to attend for background/foundation for future workshops
  • May 13, 9:00am-12:00pm – Topic: TBA
  • September 9, 9:00am-12:00pm – Topic TBA


Light lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees at 11:30am and there will be networking time (optional) from 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged. Topics for the May 13 and September 9 sessions will be determined by those attending the April 22 session. The schedule for 2015 sessions will be previewed at the September 9 session.


Other opportunities to learn more about making your community walkable and bikeable  include:

    • June 5 – NH Planners Association Annual Conference at UNH: Complete Streets How To: Plenary and Breakout Sessions
    • October 16 – HEAL Conference at Church Landing at Mill Falls (Meredith) Active Transportation Breakout Session
    • October (date TBA) – NH Bicycle Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee Conference
    • December (date TBA) – HEAL Leadership Institute: Active Transportation Breakout Session

For more information,  or contact Nik Coates at [email protected]