NJAIM battled some adverse weather conditions, attending 2 on-street events – reaching more than 500 people – during the first half of September. Ambassadors also met with representatives from the United Way, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Southern Regional Governmental Public Health Partnership throughout the state.
1. Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail and Bridge Street, Lambertville
Ambassadors distributed bicycle and pedestrian safety pamphlets to 250 people at the busy intersection of a commercial street and recreational trail. We encountered high numbers of families and cyclists.
2. East Broad Street and Elm Street, Westfield
Ambassadors distributed bicycle and pedestrian safety literature to 300 people at this busy intersection in the center of town, encountering an extremely high number of school children who enthusiastically accepted and read the literature.
Complete Streets Informational Meetings and Presentations with United Way, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Southern Regional Governmental Public Health Partnership
NJAIM held a meeting at the United Way of Greater Mercer County to discuss how the United Way can be a part of the Complete Streets movement as part of its commitment toward healthier communities. Additionally, ambassadors gave presentations at the Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition and the Southern Regional Governmental Public Health Partnership (including representatives from Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties). These presentations helped health officers better understand the concept of Complete Streets and how improved streets can encourage healthier living by providing more opportunities for physical activity.
Over the next two weeks, NJAIM will be conducting on-street outreach and attending the Trenton YMCA Bike Rodeo as well as visiting with Chronic Disease Coordinators in several counties. Check in with us in early October to find out what the ambassadors accomplished!