Group to hold forum on making streets safe

WARREN –The Trumbull County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition will host a town hall 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center downtown to discuss how to make streets safe for all modes of transportation, including bicyclists.

Jenna Amerine, educator with the Trumbull County Combined Health District, said residents of Warren and Trumbull County are invited to the forum.

Amerine said “complete streets” accommodate the travel of all people, regardless of mode, age or ability.

“Complete streets would provide access for everyone, from motorists, bicyclists, walkers and those in wheelchairs,” she said.

She said residents will learn how the policy can benefit safety, economic vitality, and well-being of the community.

“We want to get more community involvement,” Amerine said.

Denise Rising, community outreach coordinator with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, said: “With complete streets, it forces us to take a fresh look at our built environment to promote innovative ideas for safe accessible walking, biking and public transportation.”

Parking for the event is available in the downtown Franklin Street garage.

Amerine said the coalition has also met to discuss food deserts where residents do not have access to fresh and healthy food. This problem contributes to poor health issues such as diabetes.

She said the coalition met in May to address getting adults and children more physically active, eating healthy and reducing smoking.

Rising said local food pantries and SCOPE help in providing healthy foods to local residents.

Amerine said the coalition has received “Creating Healthy Community” grants to help with projects at Bolindale-DeForest Park in Howland and for sections of Warren city including both sides of East Market Street.

She said the Bolindale area is a “poor economic area” with work to include holding farmers markets there during the summer with fresh fruits and vegetables. Pickleball courts and other additions have been made at Bolindale Park for increased physical activity.

The coalition in May held a “Bike to Work Day” which drew 51 people on bikes to promote healthy activities.

Rising said there are also bike trails, as well as events like bike rodeos and Safe Kids Day where bike helmets have been handed out to children to promote bike safety.

“We want to introduce more biking opportunities,” Amerine said.

Plans call for farmers markets this summer at Quinby Park in Warren with Community Concerned Citizens II working with the coalition to get new park equipment for children/

The coalition is a group of community stakeholders and residents with the vision of creating a culture of health and is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease.

For information, call 330-675-2489 or email heamerin@co.trumbull.oh.us

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