New Hampshire Leaders Further Commitment to Active Transportation through Funding Workshop 03.19.2014

 

CONCORD, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter (NH-01) will present the keynote address at the March 20 day-long conference at the NH Department of Health and Human Services focused on accessing federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord

Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a co-sponsor of the Federal Safe Streets Act of 2013, which requires all federally-funded transportation projects to accommodate the safety and convenience of all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, children older adults, motorists, freight vehicles and persons with disabilities). In preparation for the event, she expressed excitement that several NH communities have embraced the concept of Complete Streets and hoped that this training will allow other communities to take similar actions.

The conference will bring together nearly 100 attendees from state funding agencies such as the NH Department of Transportation, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the NH Highway Safety Agency, as well as planners, municipal leaders, public health leaders and advocacy groups for a day of learning and organizing.

According to Governor Maggie Hassan, “Communities utilizing these federal funds will help make these resources more accessible to residents, through expanded trails and improved walking paths, as well as other bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs. Promoting healthy recreational activities in our state leads to a healthier, stronger New Hampshire.”

Tim Blagden, Executive Director of Bike-Walk Alliance of NH, added: “Expanding opportunities for biking and walking as both transportation and recreation options requires a broad coalition. By working with partners we will increase awareness of the strong economic and health benefits of these types of projects. BWANH will continue to reach out across the state to involve more businesses, towns, organizations and individuals as we build a state that makes multimodal transportation safe and convenient.”

Three organizations are co-hosting the event, including the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH, NH Department of Health and Human Services, and Healthy Eating Active Living NH. The workshop is being facilitated by Advocacy Advance, a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The workshops are designed to ensure participants have the knowledge, skills and resources to access funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs.

 

About the Workshop Hosts:

 

The Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH) is the statewide focal point for bicycling and pedestrian related issues including safety and education programs, to act as a clearinghouse and resource for literature, and to promote viable programs initiated by other organizations. www.bwanh.org

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. The Division of Public Health, Obesity Prevention Program, works with communities to improve access to affordable healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity and active transport, so that healthy choices are the easy choices to make. www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/healthycitiesandtowns.htm

HEAL NH aims to foster implementation of healthy eating and active living interventions through a statewide infrastructure at the local community level across five sectors - schools, worksites, health care settings, food outlets, and cities/towns. The focus is on interventions that affect policy and environmental changes that result in a demonstrable impact on health and quality of life of New Hampshire residents. www.healnh.org

Advocacy Advance is the partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, funded by SRAM Cycling Fund and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, aimed at maximizing federal funding used for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local level. www.AdvocacyAdvance.org

 

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Media Contacts:

Tim Blagden, Executive Director

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH

tim@bwanh.org

603.748.0340

Nicholas Coates (Nik), Active Living Coordinator

HEAL NH – Foundation for Healthy Communities

ncoates@healthynh.com

603.415.4263