Connecting People to Places in Dover
Connect to Walk and Bike has been busy working with Dover – walking audits, windshield surveys, and community outreach. Mapping of recommended connections is complete and these are supported by layers of demographic data. The Nomad Group staff have been in the field and have hundreds of photos. The routes connect over community boundaries into the bordering communities where CTWB has completed their work. It also allows the committee to see where connections can be made into future partner communities. Shaping Dover, also a New Jersey Healthy Communities grantee, has been supportive and helpful in directing us to community events, and permitting us to set up tables at those locations. A possible collaboration with the North Jersey Transportation Planning organization and their Livable Task Force looks to be focused on Dover as the case study. We are very excited to have brought this project to Dover and look forward to working with the Together North Jersey Team on assessing access to healthy food. In the meantime, we are determining locations of vending machines so we can recommend healthy options. Revisions have been made to our toolkit that include listings of suggested items. We will be planning a meeting with town administration to present the recommendations shortly.
About the Grantee
A group of dedicated community leaders and County staff have been working on Connect to Walk and Bike/Morris County for almost three years. Although not always moving as fast as we would like, the idea of recommending connections that could become part of a county-wide walking and biking system keeps us all motivated!
Cohort: North 1
Funder: NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids