HEAL NH to offer 2nd Active Transportation Training Session 04.29.2014


HEAL NH held its first-ever Active Transportation Training Series session on April 22 and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so it is with great enthusiasm that the HEAL NH staff is offering the second installment of the training series in May.

The first steps in improving walking and bicycling conditions in your community are having good data and understanding existing conditions. HEAL NH, in partnership with the Bike Walk Alliance of NH and NH Department of Health and Human Services, is offering a free field-based and classroom training on May 13, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the HEAL office located at 125 Airport Road, Concord (https://goo.gl/maps/oVugF)

Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and there will be optional networking until 12:30 p.m. to allow for representatives of different communities to learn more from one another.

The session will start with a walkabout to teach participants how to conduct a walkability and bikeability assessment, then participants will have interactive classroom time to learn how to formulate a plan in their communities, and how to use the results to make decisions to improve walking and bicycling safety and accessibility in their communities. 

An RSVP is required for planning purposes – please RSVP (and direct any questions) to Nik Coates at ncoates@healthynh.com or 415-4263. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please let us know.


We will be outside, unless it is raining heavily. Please make sure to bring the following:

  • Walking shoes
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen/pencil and notepad
  • Camera or phone with a camera (optional)

If you are unable to make this May 13 session, but would like to participate in future active transportation learning opportunities, please note these additional opportunities through HEAL NH.

  • May 20, 10 a.m.-noon: Active Transportation Technical Assistance conference call with Nik Coates – 866-906-9888 / Participant Code 3974286
  • June 5: NH Planners Association Annual Conference at UNH Durham Complete Streets How Tow: Plenary and Breakout session – Registration at www.nhplanners.org  
  • June 17, 10 a.m.-noon: Active Transportation Technical Assistance conference call with Nik Coates – 866-906-9888 / Participant Code 3974286
  • Additional sessions are currently being organized for the Summer and Fall and more details will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you!


May 13, 2014: Assessing Walkability and Bikeability and How to Make Better Planning Decisions


  • 9:00am-10:45am: Field Training: Walkability and bikeability assessment
  • 10:45am-11:30am: How to/Q&A: Planning assessments in your community, reviewing and documenting what you saw, and using the data for decision-making
  • 11:30am: Lunch arrives
  • 11:30am-12:00pm: Finish how to, wrap-up
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm: Networking (optional)

Desired Outcomes:

  • Know how to conduct a walkability and bikeability assessment and understand the results.
  • Know how to present the results to decision-makers and what to ask for.
  • Have a plan to complete one in your community.


  • Nik Coates: Active Living Coordinator of HEAL NH, Foundation for Healthy Communities
  • Tim Blagden: Executive Director, Bike-Walk Alliance of NH
  • Scot Foster: Physical Activity Coordinator of the NH Obesity Prevention Program, NH Department of Health and Human Services
  • Beth Gustafson Wheeler, Director of Community Health, Foundation for Healthy Communities


  • Complete walkability and bikeability assessment and share results with HEAL staff.