Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity are now accepting applications for the Champions Institute, a new initiative for elected officials focused on safe streets and healthy communities. This is an opportunity for elected leaders of Age-and Dementia Friendly Communities to learn more about the concepts of Complete Streets and inclusive street policies and practices.
The Champions Institute will serve to prepare mayors, city council people, tribal representatives, and other local elected-officials to act as champions supporting plans, policies, and funding that promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, as part of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. Continue reading
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and local officials in Springfield to announce funding awards totaling $5.1 million to eighteen communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for people walking, biking, taking transit, and using other forms of transportation.
The Complete Streets program is also an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities looking for funding support to improve the physical environment of their city or town. For those communities interested in becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly that are receiving an award, this funding could be a good kick-start to a local initiative and help bring stakeholder together. Continue reading
AARP Livable Communities has released the fourth book in their “Roadmap to Livability” Series that focuses on assessing and addressing transportation issues in a community or region seeking to become more Age-Friendly. Continue reading
The state’s Complete Streets program – often cited as an example of how age-friendly communities can address their physical environments – is awarding $5.5 million to 23 communities, according to the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com. Continue reading
The following is posted with permission from WalkBoston and written by Gwen Miller who is the Land Use Director and Town Planner for Lenox, MA. This article was featured in WalkBoston’s October 2017 newsletter.
Lenox, in the Berkshires, has just over 5,000 residents. It is largely rural with a small downtown, parks, public art, great restaurants, Tanglewood, and The Mount/Edith Wharton’s Home. In Lenox, you get the small-town vibe but big-city culture. Continue reading