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Woodbridge Community Mapping 2009



Woodbridge Township, Walkability

Woodbridge Township, Walkability
Safe Routes to School, Community Mapping Project Powerpoint



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  • www.bikenwalk.com/woodbridge
  • YMCA Pioneering Healthier Communities
  • 16 Local Elementary Schools Children and Parents Helping Community
  • Police Department Was Helping.
  • Kids are enjoying
  • Volunteers from Rutgers!
  • Volunteers from Rutgers University, University of Miami and other Professionals
  • Township Councilman, Greg Ficarra
  • Mayor with Staff in Berkeley
  • Interactive Mapping by VERTICES
  • We Did It!!!!!!!! Connecting People and Connecting Communities

Woodbridge Community Mapping 2009 Presentation Transcript

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  • 2. Pioneering Healthier Communities
    • Launched by YMCA of USA
      • A key component of Activate America
    • Drives policy, structural, and environmental change in communities to promote healthy lifestyles
    • The Pioneering Healthier Communities Woodbridge, New Jersey Team:
      • Woodbridge YMCA
      • Office of the Mayor of Woodbridge Township
      • Woodbridge Municipal Alliance
      • Metuchen, Edison Woodbridge YMCA
      • Raritan Bay Medical Center
      • Woodbridge Township Board of Education
      • Woodbridge Township School District
  • 3. Goals of ‘Walkability’ Audit
    • Raise community awareness of opportunities for safe walking and biking
    • Improve the health of residents by promoting physical activity in safer and more pleasant walking and biking environments
    • Help the community to assess their needs and set priorities to make our streets and sidewalks safer
    • Educate children on the type of development that promotes a healthy and safe lifestyle.
    • Maximize public participation and build community pride
  • 4. May 30 th , 2009 Woodbridge Township Pioneering Healthy Communities Community Mapping Walkability Audit Safe Routes to School
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  • 36. What is the grade of the child you are participating in this event with?
  • 37. How many children do you have in Kindergarten through 8 th grade?
  • 38. How far does your child live from school?
  • 39. On most days, how does you child arrive at/leave from school?
  • 40. How long does it normally take your child to get to school?
  • 41. Distance vs. Mode of Transportation
  • 42. Has your child asked you for permission to walk or bike to/from school in the last year?
  • 43. At what grade would you allow your child to walk or bike without an adult to/from school?
  • 44. Which of the following issues affected your decision to allow, or not allow your child to walk or bike to/from school
  • 45. Would you probably let your child walk or bike to/from school if this problem were changed or improved?
  • 46. … Would probably allow
  • 47. Post Survey
  • 48. Do you think after this event you will walk more or less?
  • 49. As a driver will your attitude/behavior change towards pedestrians because of this event?
  • 50. Would you participate in this type of event again?
  • 51. Explain your child's response to the event
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    • Very exhausting, good exercise
    • We got lost because signs were covered by shopping carts,
    • trash, and bushes
    • Very happy to observe things that are good and bad in the
    • school areas
    • She enjoyed it- tried to observe what problems walkers
    • could face on the road
    • My child learned road safety rules
    • Good walking around school
    • He had fun and it was educational
    • We had fun and educated more about walking safety
    • Sore legs: felt independent
    • He liked it: it was cool to walk around the school area
    • Fun: eye opening to the speed of traffic
    Explain your child's response to the event
  • 53. What were your greatest take-aways from the event?
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    • Knowing about the neighborhood
    • Happy to be able to help Woodbridge Township
    • Make neighborhoods safe for all our children
    • We need to work together and get things done for our school
    • Drivers need to be more aware of the pedestrians and willing to share the road
    • The township and school trying to improve the safety of children
    • We learned about safety issues
    • The shirt and to visit the area around the school
    • Now understands how nice and clean the area is
    • Good experience to learn roads in town I normally don’t walk
    • Teaching my children walking safety
    • Enjoyed the day activity; love to walk
    What were your greatest take-aways from the event?
  • 55. How did this event change your perception of your neighborhood?
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    • We never had a chance to see the beautiful surroundings near us
    • Take a walk to see if any changes need to be made
    • Discuss neighborhood with child on any risks and positives
    • I will notice things more in my neighborhood
    • My children and I need to be more involved in community activities
    • Neighborhood is safe, but I realized a lot of work needs to be done
    • There are very unsafe areas for my kids to cross the street
    • Some improvements needed but very clean and well kept
    • Feels awesome
    How did this event change your perception of your neighborhood?
  • 57. Did you learn about the sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic, etc?
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    • There were some very good sidewalks & crosswalks
    • At the same time at some places not enough room
    • It needs to be fixed in a proper way so kids feel comfortable
    • to walk to school
    • How important they are for pedestrians
    • I learned crosswalk, sidewalk and traffic rules
    • There is not always a sidewalk or crosswalk
    • Faded crosswalks: most cars don’t pay attention to walkers
    Did you learn about the sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic, etc?
  • 59. As a driver, will your attitude/behavior change towards pedestrians because of this event?
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    • Will think more about pedestrians’ safety
    • I’m going to drive slower
    • Watch out more for kids
    • Talk to our mayor about cleaning up sidewalks, gutters and
    • putting sidewalks in
    • I’ll be more aware of pedestrians and drive more consciously
    • To be very careful with pedestrians and make sure they
    • are safe
    • Respect sidewalks with pedestrians waiting
    • I am always careful and watch out for pedestrians-
    • especially small ones!
    As a driver, will your attitude/behavior change towards pedestrians because of this event?
  • 61. Do you have any suggestions for improving the walkability audit?
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    • Great exercise program and networking with other parents
    • and children
    • We should bring bottled water and have more time and
    • improve maps
    • Township must encourage school program for same audit
    • Promote it a little more
    • More participation from school
    Do you have any suggestions for improving the walkability audit?
  • 63. http://www.bikenwalk.com - Contact: Dr. Wansoo Im - Email: [email_address] -Telephone: 609-651-1352 Woodbridge PHC Team - Contact: Kim Cole - Email: [email_address] - Telephone: 732-596-4182 Resources