Walking in Elizabeth Physical Activity Update
As we are nearing the end of the year, it seems like a good time to give updates. Throughout the year, students working with Future City Inc. assessed the physical activity environment in our target neighborhood inside Elizabeth, NJ. This blog will focus on the physical activity portion of our project.
- Students from NJIT and local Winfield Scott Elementary School, with help from the Catherine and Williams Street Block Watch Association mapped out locations that may impede or create unsafe walking conditions. Impediments included missing or unclear signage, uneven sidewalks and worn out street crossings.
- Another group of students’ assessment recommended an increase of litter barrels in the neighborhood. To find this they first mapped the areas litter accumulation and barrel locations in the neighborhood (pictured above).
- The group also found when talking to residents that safety and feeling safe walking was a big factor in choosing whether to walk or to use another mode of transportation.
Stay tuned to for our upcoming blog post that will give an update on things found on the Healthy Eating environment.
About the Grantee
Future City Inc.'s mission is to foster sustainable development by educating and assisting emerging racial and ethnic communities in policy formation, which will result in meaningful and measurable participation in environmental and community development.
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