Healthy Connected Communities Begin With A Walk

Walkability Audit Route Selection Meeting #2

Alane McCahey (YMCA of Eastern Union County) presents information on Shaping Elizabeth Team.

Elizabeth Community Leaders Come Together to Discuss Walkability Audit

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 nineteen Elizabeth and Union County community leaders came together to choose walking routes for our Community Walkability Audit on May 23, 2013.  Leaders included representatives from City of Elizabeth, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Groundwork Elizabeth, Elizabeth Police Department, Meadowlink, North Jersey Department of Transportation, Shaping NJ. Michael Baker Corporation, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers and the YMCA of Eastern Union County.

Steve Wong, Project Manager and Layla Frye, Project Planner from Michael Baker Corporation lead the team through a presentation on the data collected from the community, as well as an exercise to choose the routes for the planned May 23rd Walkability Audit. All present were engaged in the discussion and chose 6-7 “routes” within the Elizabeth Community that are heavily trafficked by pedestrians.  The Route Selection Technical Memorandum is available for download here. Our goal is to walk these routes and assess whether there is room to walk, ease to cross the street, whether drivers behave well, determine ease of following safety rules and decide if the walk is pleasant.

Route interviews in Elizabeth

After the audit we will all meet to hear results and recommendations in June 2013.

The YMCA of Eastern Union County, Trinitas, Regional Medical Center, Groundwork Elizabeth, The City of Elizabeth, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers and Michael Baker Corporation are working together on Shaping Elizabeth for improving the health and well-being of the residents of the City of Elizabeth.

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