Land use planning shapes the growth of communities, and in turn affects the health and well-being of Vermonters. Our goal is to help communities build safe, accessible environments where people can walk, bicycle, and use public transit. We work with the Rutland County Regional Planning Commission and the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition to ensure that walk and bike safety education and infrastructure are considered when writing and revising community plans.
Libraries throughout Rutland County have teamed up with the Vermont Department of Health to promote physical activity by making snowshoes available for children and adults to borrow and enjoy. The free snowshoe loan program is a grant-funded effort by the Local Health Office in Rutland to encourage community members to get outside for exercise during the winter months. All you need is a library card from Rutland County and stop by a participating local library to sign out the free snowshoes.
We supported Brandon and Poultney to incorporate specific language into their town plans that considered recreational opportunities, access to healthy and local foods and pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
The town of West Rutland is collaborating with Rutland Town on a Smart Growth Plan to incorporate Complete Streets planning into a redesign of Business Rte. 4A. Click here to read the Smart Growth Plan.
Local Recreational Resources
- Pine Hill Park, Rutland City
- The Pittsford Trail Network
- The Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail connecting Poultney and Castleton
- Find more walking and hiking trails in our area on Trail Finder
Safe Routes to Schools
Walking and biking to school helps students develop independence, improves academic performance, reduces traffic congestion and air pollution and creates a stronger community. The Safe Routes to Schools program provides guidance and encouragement on how to engineer, implement and evaluate programs that make it safer, easier, and more fun for students and their families to walk and bike to school. Locally, this work is led by the Rutland County Regional Planning Commission and Kimberly Griffin, the Rutland Physical Activity Coalition Director and a Safe Routes to Schools Regional Program Expert. More than a dozen schools participate throughout the county.
Bethany, Public Health Specialist