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Building Active Communities Technical Support

Ended: December, 2019 Project ID #4W7555 Status: Completed

Objective

This project will build on the momentum created by the Building Active Communities Initiative Program by extending WTI’s technical support efforts. The technical support will include engineering best practices for bicycle and pedestrian safety, grant writing, bicycle safety education, walk audit training, and implementation of short term “pop up” demonstration projects that can build community support for permanent street design changes.  SURTCOM will also build a repository for success stories from BACI communities.

Abstract

The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity (NAPA) Program’s Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) is a project of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in cooperation with Montana State University’s Office of Rural Health. With in-depth, interactive training, mentoring and ongoing technical assistance, NAPA’s Building Active Communities Initiative supports community-led approaches to develop active and healthy communities.  The overarching goal of the Initiative is to provide communities the tools and technical assistance they need to develop policies, plans, and projects that support safer, connected, and walkable communities.  WTI’s Small Urban and Rural Livability Center provided funding support for several of BACI’s Action Institutes. This project will build on the momentum created by the Building Active Communities Initiative Program by extending WTI’s technical support efforts. Many of the small rural communities that have participated over the years have an ongoing need for technical assistance. At the BACI Action Institutes, these communities gathered information and developed ideas for policies, programs, and projects to implement in their communities. Many of these communities lack the technical knowledge to fully implement their ideas. WTI’s Small Urban, Rural, and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM) staff have been involved with the BACI program from the beginning and have long standing relationships with NAPA, DPHHS, MDT, and Department of Commerce staff that have also been involved with providing technical assistance to BACI Action Institute and the BACI communities.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Sponsor

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation, WTI-SURTCOM, Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM)

Project Tagged In: case studies, technical assistance, bike-ped, Safe Routes to school

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