On November 4, members of the YMCA of Greater Nashua provided valuable feedback about the research being conducted by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission on how ‘friendly’ Nashua streets are for walking and bicycling.
Over the past few months, The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) has been testing the City’s streets for bicycle and pedestrian friendliness using Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) data as part of the Plan4Health Nashua “Complete Streets” project. The goal of the project is to advance street planning and design that support safer and easier ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists in Nashua. In addition to the quantifiable data the LTS methodology provide, scores can be adjusted for other variables that commonly affect a bicyclist’s or pedestrian’s comfort level, including lighting and overall feeling of safety, pavement conditions, steep hills, and traffic volumes. Bringing the maps to members of the YMCA was an important part of ensuring the LTS data matches the public sentiment regarding stressful areas and it will help inform the Complete Street recommendations and guidelines that will be developed as part of the project.
“We are very excited to be partnering with this team of organizations who are focused on improving healthier options for area residents. The Y is committed to strengthening the Greater Nashua region with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Mike LaChance.
The Plan4Health Nashua project has been recognized regionally and nationally as an example of how community organizations such as the YMCA, along with planning and public health, can work together effectively to advance health and community livability.
The project is supported by the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council, and was selected as a priority project for implementation in Nashua’s 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan. Plan4Health Nashua is a collaboration between planning and public health professionals, including the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, the City of Nashua, New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA), and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH).
For more information about the coalition or how to support Complete Streets in your community, go to http://healnh.org/plan4healthnashua.