Matt Waitkins of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission speaks with a Nashua resident at NeighborFest on June 13. Data gathered from community residents will help inform Plan4Health Nashua’s maps that show where people feel safe or unsafe to walk and bicycle.

From street mapping to community outreach, Plan4Health Nashua is hitting its stride with its work to support physical activity, health, and economic growth in Nashua communities. The Plan4Health Nashua program started earlier this year when it received a grant for $125,000 from the American Planning Association (APA) to support active transportation in Nashua. Its goal is to advance street planning and design that are safer and easier to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The grant was awarded to the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) as part of a 15-month program called “Plan4Health,” a new initiative led by APA’s Planning and Community Health Center program to improve capacity of planning and public health professionals. The NNECAPA is working in collaboration with the City of Nashua, Nashua Regional Planning Commission, New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA), and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH).

Plan4Health Nashua continues to grow as it brings on more partners. In late May, the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council officially endorsed the Plan4Health Nashua program as a community initiative included in the 2015-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan.

Thanks to a partnership with NeighborWorks, Plan4Health Nashua participated in a local festival on June 13, NeighborFest, and is meeting with neighborhood leaders later in June, to gather data from community members and educate them about the program.

In addition to community outreach, Plan4Health Nashua partners are currently conducting street mapping and data analysis to identify opportunities for safer streets that consider all modes of transportation. Other planned activities include reviewing current local regulations and developing a Complete Streets training guide for City staff and leaders.

For more information about the Plan4Health Nashua program, click here. Contact us for more information

Plan4Health Nashua partner, Matt Waitkins of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, gathers information from Nashua residents about neighborhood streets and their perceived safety at NeighborFest on June 13.

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