Healthy Places By Design Bicycle + Pedestrian Planning Trainings l Rhode Island

Type: Bicycle and Pedestrian Training Workshops

Size: 3 municipalities

Status: Completed

Rhode Island Healthy Places_img2393Rhode Island’s Healthy Places by Design pilot program was developed to strengthen and integrate land use, transportation and urban design policies. The goal of the initiative is to inform local ordinances that guide the decision making process to be more supportive of health, particularly as it relates to physical activity and healthy eating.

As part of the innovative Healthy Places by Design pilot program, Street Plans was retained by GrowSmart Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health to design and implement bicycle and pedestrian training workshops in the communities of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, and Pawtucket.

During the training workshops, Street Plans led a series of Handlebar Surveys with key stakeholders in each of the three communities. This on-the-ground, peer-to-peer analysis process allowed Street Plans and the local survey teams to truly understand the unique challenges and opportunities found in each of the pilot communities.  Following the survey process, Street Plans designed each of the workshops to meet the different needs of each community and contribute to the larger visioning process intended to improve local plans and policies supporting healthy and active lifestyles.