We work with local coalitions and municipal and regional planners to promote the consideration of health and wellness in all community development projects – in the built environment, transportation and housing. We promote infrastructure for walking and biking that is safe and accessible to all. We do this through outreach and education, as well as connecting municipalities and groups to available resources.
A staff member from the Bennington Local Health Office sits on the Regional Planning Commission at the commissioner level in order to promote “health in all policies” language in all projects that are undertaken. Some projects recently completed or underway now include:
- The Ninja Trail from Hicks Avenue to the Bennington College entrance, a 2.12-mile-long path beginning at the pedestrian bridge on Hicks Avenue and running along the Walloomsac River behind Walmart and Hannaford to the entrance to Bennington College.
- Benmont Avenue Bike/Ped Improvements striping bike lanes thereby improving bicycle and pedestrian safety on this heavily traveled corridor.
- Applegate Walking path which will connect a 104-unit affordable housing complex, Applegate Apartments, to Bennington’s municipal sidewalk network.
- Kocher Drive Route 7 Improvement, from Aldi to East Road a project which involves a shared use bike path with signalized intersection improvements at Route 7/Kocher Drive.