This 16-minute webinar was developed to help communities that may be interested in developing Complete Streets guidelines. Camille Pattison and Ryan Friedman of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission explain the coalition’s level of traffic stress (LTS) analysis to determine the walkability and bikability of Nashua streets. They also discuss how community partnerships and outreach to area residents helped them obtain critical biking and walking feedback that will be used, along with the LTS data, to help inform a Complete Streets guidebook.
Plan4Health Video Explains Link Between Planning and Health
Members of the Plan4Health Nashua coalition met with Nashua’s Mayor on the steps of City Hall to discuss Complete Streets
The Plan4Health Nashua project is bringing the City of Nashua to the forefront as a leader in New Hampshire in advancing Complete Streets at the municipal level. The coalition developed an informational video to help demonstrate that people’s ability to make healthy choices are improved when health is integrated into comprehensive planning processes.
Complete Streets Policy Audit: Designed for communities who want to analyze their land use regulations and related documents to see how well they support complete streets and identify gaps for improvement.
Defined by Smart Growth America, Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.
There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its community context. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more. A Complete Street in a rural area will look quite different from a Complete Street in a highly urban area, but both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.
Below are pictures highlighting the downtown Nashua, NH area:
Members of the Plan4Health Nashua coalition met on October 19 to discuss efforts to support Complete Streets in Nashua. They were joined by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Matt Makara, Program Manager at the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. -Courtesy Photos from APHA
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