Lower Saucon Township has been awarded a $20,000 community grant through the Wolf Administration and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to assist with the development of plans and policies to increase physical activity options in the Township. Access to areas for recreation, such as walking and biking has been deemed essential to keep Pennsylvania healthy.
With this funding, Lower Saucon Township can now develop plans which emphasize new and improved pedestrian and bicycling systems, that connect residents and visitors to everyday destinations. “Activity-friendly routes connected to everyday destinations can make it safe and convenient for people of all abilities to walk, bike, or wheel. Planning healthy, complete communities is needed to support active transportation,” according to Carol Reichbaum, MSL, MSPA, director of WalkWorks at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Public Health Practices.
The WalkWorks program is committed to increasing walking, establishing activity-friendly routes and expanding walkable communities across Pennsylvania. Funding for WalkWorks is provided by the Department of Health though the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and State Physical Activity and Nutrition Grant, both from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lower Saucon Township's consultant, McMahon Associates, Inc., commenced work on a township-wide Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in February 2021. The ATP will identify key connections, potential capital improvements, and policies to support walking and biking in the Township. Currently, the project team and Township Steering Committee are evaluating existing conditions.
Currently, we are gathering public input on the issues and opportunities related to walking and biking in Lower Saucon Township. Please take a moment to provide your feedback via this online interactive map, click HERE to see the map. Note specific areas where you have a concern or a see an opportunity for improving active transportation. Your responses will help shape the Active Transportation Plan. Please note, not all comments may be addressed, and further evaluation will be required to implement improvements identified in the plan.
The Active Transportation Plan was adopted at the September 9, 2021 Council meeting. click HERE