Greater Portland COG Receives Every Body Walk! Support

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative announced the second round of Every Body Walk! Micro Grant awardees. The micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at getting communities walking and creating more safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. With support from partners, including WalkBoston, American College of Sports Medicine, and the TransitCenter, 22 projects will be supported in 2017. The Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland, Maine was selected to do their public service fund project.

Portland is Maine’s largest and most diverse city – home to 66,000 people including a sizeable immigrant and refugee community. In 2015, Portland Public Schools began partnering with the local public transit provider, switching high schoolers from yellow busses to public busses. This project will maximize and sustain the benefits of student transit use by engaging youth as planners and civic leaders. Led by the Public Health in Transportation Coalition – a group of planners, public health practitioners and active transportation stakeholders – this effort will involve students in implementing a bus stop placemaking demonstration project and developing recommendations for region-wide transit improvements.

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