Complete Streets Community Forum
Gloucester , Mass. – Get Fit Gloucester! wants to hear your thoughts on how to make Gloucester safer to walk and bicycle. Help create a “Fit Friendly Gloucester” by attending the Complete Streets community forum being held Thursday April 26 th at 6:30 PM in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue.
In 2009, the City of Gloucester received a Mass in Motion grant through a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and various foundations including the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation to create the Get Fit Gloucester! Partnership with local organizations.
Mass in Motion and Get Fit Gloucester! seek to address increasing levels of obesity in our society through changes in our community to support more physically active lifestyles and access to fresh healthy foods. These programs seek to make active transportation choices such as walking and bicycling safer and more convenient and to be the easiest choice for shorter trips within Gloucester. Many communities support active lifestyles is by creating “Complete Streets”.
Get Fit Gloucester! envisions neighborhoods where our children can safely walk or bike to school…and to the library, the park or local store. At lunchtime, we can take a relaxing walk or go for a bike ride or run, returning to a shower and refreshed for the afternoon. We can combine our errands with easy access to a harbor walk or the neighborhood park on the way home where our children can let off steam and we relax. There are clearly-marked bike trails for family outings as well as safe round the Cape routes for the teenagers and adults.
At the community forum you’ll learn more about what “Complete Street” policies mean for communities, see results of an assessment of Gloucester’s streets and sidewalks, hear about current City efforts to improve sidewalks and streets and have the opportunity to express your views and priorities for making Gloucester streets safer for walking and bicycling.