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Monthly Meeting

Wed. August 14, 2019 9:00-10:30am
Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave. Room 717

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July 2019 Newsletter

Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

July is National Parks and Recreation Month:
New Resource Guide Below

"On a sunny, warm summer day, people walk outside, kids attend summer camps, and families relax and play at their local parks. During the month of July, communities across the country celebrate their park and recreation agencies through Park and Recreation Month. Living within a 10-minute walk of these spaces provides physical- and mental-health benefits as well as environmental benefits and provides a natural place for all community members to gather and play" - Jared Mummert, Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association.

In parts of Arizona, this might mean waking up extra early to avoid the heat or looking for the closest public pool! Regardless, we know that access to high-quality parks and recreation facilities helps us live well. But how well are communities engaged in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of their park and recreation spaces?

Safe Routes to School National Partnership's latest blog post announces a new guide from the National Recreation and Park's association: Community Engagement Resource Guide: Creating Equitable Access to High Performing Parks. The guide talks about how to build trust with communities and how to conduct inclusive, meaningful engagement. Check out the guide, then scroll down for more resources and important happenings. 

Brand new: National Complete Streets Act of 2019:
Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods not only include parks but also provide safe streets for people of all ages and abilities to reach their destinations via walking, bicycling & transit - not just via cars. In Arizona, very few communities have passed Complete Streets policies, which can assist in making safe streets a reality. However, in our nation's Capitol, a current effort to pass federal Complete Streets legislation that will increase funding and programming for creating safer streets across the U.S  is now on the table.

On July 10, Sen. Ed Markey (MA) and Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) introduced the Complete Streets Act of 2019 in both houses of Congress. Under the act, States would need to work with Metropolitan Planning Organizations to create and implement Complete Streets programs. The bill, if passed into law, would also require 5% of state federal highway fund dollars to be used for infrastructure like bicycle lanes and crosswalks.
Important: Where does Arizona Rank?
What would this do for Arizona, you might ask? On the same day the bill dropped, Smart Growth America put out an addendum to their Annual Dangerous by Design report released earlier this year to analyze the 100 most dangerous congressional districts for people walking. Guess who topped out the list at a staggering 344 pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2017? Ansnwer: Arizona's District No. 7 - which covers parts of Central and West Phoenix as well as parts of Glendale. Read more local coverage from AZCentral here.
Photo from Michael Chow/AZ Republic
Thankfully, U.S. Rep Ruben Gallego for AZ District No.7 joined in to co-sponsor the bill. Arizona's 1st, 3rd and 9th districts also made the list due to high pedestrian fatality rates.

Click here to see the full list of 100 congressional districts and to learn how to engage.

Also Introduced: National GREEN Streets Act

The Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National (GREEN) Streets Act was also introduced on July 10. This act works to combat climate change by changing measures of success for the transportation sector in order to combat the trend of more driving and longer trips, which result in more congestion and more emissions.

"To reduce VMT & GHG, states would likely have to employ a variety of strategies, including better transportation options & smarter land use. These strategies come with a host of benefits besides reducing GHG: reduced congestion, lower household transport costs, safer streets, more attractive communities & better health outcomes."

Webinar: Celebrating Park and Recreation Month:
Launching Efforts to Create Safe and Equitable Access to Parks

Mon, Jul 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

Interested in creating safe and equitable access to parks? This free webinar will talk about how three different communities made improvements to bulb-outs, trail/bike paths, and streets using a variety of solutions, including artwork, paving, and pedestrian-activated beacon lights.

The panelists will also share key planning and implementation steps, potential collaborations, funding and other resources, and sustainability ideas to help you lead your own efforts in your community.

Local Event - LISC Phoenix - Turning the Corner Meeting

On Friday August 2nd, LISC Phoenix is hosting the next Turning the Corner meeting to learn about how options for affordable home ownership can address displacement and gentrification. Hear presentations from key experienced organizations: Trellis and University Legal Services. RSVP soon!

Friday, Aug. 2nd, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am

Vitalyst Health Foundation
2929 N. Central Ave. #1550 Phoenix, AZ 85012

This meeting will be available by WebEx and phone for those who cannot attend in person.

National Conferences - Vision Zero Cities 2019

Join hundreds of people from around the world working on Vision Zero during the fifth annual Vision Zero Cities conference in NYC October 10-11, 2019. Transportation Alternatives, which hosts the conference, wants your feedback for panels, workshops and topics. Fill out the survey today to help shape this year’s events. Early bird tickets are on sale now. Nonprofit discounts are available upon request. Email Event Manager to determine your eligibility.
2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference

Spend three days in Tampa with leaders working to advance Safe Routes and create healthy, equitable communities. You’ll go home with new strategies and techniques to share to continue the movement. Register here.
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