Findings of year-long project unveiled at community-wide event
What: Nashua Complete Streets Training Seminar
When: Thursday, March 24, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m
Where: Nashua City Hall Auditorium
Featured Speakers: Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess; Bike-Walk Alliance of NH Executive Director, Tim Blagden; and Concord City Engineer, Ed Roberge
Over a year ago, a partnership formed in Nashua between public health and planning to advance street design that supports health by providing safer and easier ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists. After applying for and receiving a grant from the American Planning Association, the Plan4Health Nashua coalition was formed to conduct a street study and develop a Complete Streets Guidebook and policy recommendations. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) tested all of Nashua’s streets for walkability and bikability, and on Thursday, March 24, they will present the findings, along with the new guidebook, to city staff, elected officials, residents, and members of the business, healthcare and nonprofit communities.
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess will begin the program with an introduction of the project. Tim Blagden, Executive Director of the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire, will discussComplete Streets efforts across the state, including the statewide Complete Streets bill, SB 364, which passed in the State Senate and will be considered by the House later this month. Ed Roberge, City Engineer for the City of Concord, will talk about implementing Complete Streets as part of the city’s Comprehensive Transportation Policy, including the revitalization of Concord’s Main Street.
Nashua is joined by many other New Hampshire cities and towns working on Complete Streets policies to create healthier communities that attract residents and businesses. Five New Hampshire municipalities have officially adopted Complete Streets policies or resolutions: Portsmouth, Concord, Dover, Keene, and Swanzey.
About Plan4Health Nashua
Plan4Health Nashua began in early 2015 with a $125,000 grant from the American Planning Association to support active transportation in Nashua. 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.The project is supported by the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council, and was selected as a priority projectfor implementation in Nashua’s 2015Community Health Improvement Plan. Plan4Health Nashua is a collaboration between planning and public health professionals, including the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), the City of Nashua, New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA), and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH).
Sarah Marchant, AICP