February 17 2nd Annual Designing Healthier Communities
2016 PROGRAM ARCHIVES
King of Prussia, PA - Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation, held their 2nd Annual Designing Healthier Communities event at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. With attendance nearly tripling from last year, attendees learned about various aspects involved in planning, zoning, design, walkability, cycling, and green parking infrastructure and how integrating these principles can create healthier communities from six dynamic speakers.
Chester County Commissioner, Michelle Kichline, moderated the event as well as presented. Commissioner Kichline updated attendees on some of Chester County's initiatives, which include multi-modal site design, public transportation, and trails, that work to create a healthy environment for their residents.
"One of the key factors in encouraging healthy lifestyles is promoting all modes of transportation. As we look at the change in demographics that are occurring not only in Chester County but regionally, we have to plan for supporting healthy lifestyles," said Chester County Commissioner, Michelle Kichline.
Commissioner Kichline went on to discuss the County's improvements with public transportation, as well as the County's extensive trail system and stressed the need to continue projects that support healthy communities.
Additional speakers included (seen in the photo below left to right):
Terrence Foley, President & CEO, City Avenue Special Services District, Topic: Rezoning and Improved Pedestrian & Transit Access
James Pudleiner, PE, Principal, Walker Parking Consultants, Topic: Green Parking Infrastructure
Greg Krykewycz, PP, AICP, Manager, Office of Transit, Bicycling, & Pedestrian Planning, DVRPC, Topic: Cycling and Trail Development in our Region
Sean Moir, Township Supervisor, Tredyffrin Township, Topic: Multi-Modality in Tredyffrin Township
Brean Flynn, TDM Manager, GVF, Topic: Community Programming
"Thank you to Commissioner Kichline for her leadership in creating healthier communities throughout Chester County. It is evident from the panelists today that it requires multiple facets to create healthy communities and working together we change the future. We were very excited to launch our Individual Giving Campaign that will help us advance our programs throughout area high schools, as well as programs benefiting residents throughout our communities," said Rob Henry, CEO.
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The program was implemented at all Pottstown School District Elementary schools totaling 4 schools and all students became "Traffic Safety Captains" at the end by receiving a hat and certificate.
Traffic Safety Town is an interactive streetscape for third grade students. The program teaches students how to safely navigate the streets on foot, bicycle or in a car, through the learning of a variety of concepts, such as identifying street signs, individual road responsibilities, right-of-way concepts and the importance of signaling. With assistance from local Police Department, school staff and administration as champions and stakeholders for the program, the goal is to provide students with the resources and encouragement needed to bike and walk so that they maintain the activity after the program is complete.
The program consists of one 30-40 minute session for third grade students, similar to a school assembly. After completing this program, students will be able to:
Identify a bike as a legal vehicle and identify safe and unsafe bicycle behaviors
Identify a pedestrian as a person walking on the sidewalk or street
Identify and define the meaning of the terms vulnerable as well as right-of-way
Identify the rules of the road for multiple modes of transportation
Demonstrate proper understanding of traffic signs and signals