About the Project
The Smart Growth Partnership engaged in community task force formation in Scottdale in 2017, leading to deeper engagements with community leaders and stakeholders over the next few years, including monthly meeting facilitation that involved local economy assessment, developing strategies to retain and attract youth, building community capacity and social capital, creating a community vision, and providing grant assistance and community projects development.
One such community project that came from a goal and need identified during the task force planning process was creation of a plan for better transportation. The resulting project now being implemented is directed toward improving the active transporation network of the community by creating not only the plan, but also an accompanying complete street policy for adoption by the municipality.
Active Transportation Plan – Smithton and Scottdale Boroughs, Westmoreland County Community Survey and Interactive Map Program
Scottdale and Smithton Boroughs are developing an Active Transportation Plan to address transportation priorities in their communities. An on-line Community Survey and an Interactive Map Program have been created to obtain input on biking and walking enhancements, safety and access improvements and connections to existing trails, waterways, greenspaces and other community destinations.
We encourage you to provide input yourself at the survey and interactive map, and to assist these communities by printing and displaying this poster within your networks and community places. Below are additional resources for accessing the walkability of communities in general:
- Smart Growth America ELEMENTS OF A COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
- AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit — A step-by-step self-service guide for assessing a community’s walkability www.aarp.org/walk-audit
- Community Walkability Evaluation:
- Community Sidewalk and Street Survey:
- Community Biking Evaluations:
Funding for the Active Transportation Plan is provided by the PA WalkWorks Program via the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the State Physical Activity and Nutrition grant and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thank you as well to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) and its GIS team —