Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Morris County is offering assistance to towns that would like to become more pedestrian-friendly.

The county’s Division of Transportation will, upon request from a governing body, school board, civic or community group, come into a town and introduce its Walkable Communities program.

Denise Chaplick, the division’s principal planner, said the program includes a workshop that brings various segments of the community together to identify barriers to walking and prioritize specific recommendations for improvements.

“Walkable Communities have sidewalk networks, opportunities for safe crossings and destinations that are within walking distances,” Chaplick said. “This program can help citizens and officials evaluate their communities, plan for improvements and adopt the policies and programs to make walking easier and more pleasant.”

Improvements may range from the use of signs warning motorists of pedestrian crossings to the installation of consistent sidewalks, Chaplick said.

The division is able to conduct approximately two workshops a year, with sessions having already been conducted in Dover, Lincoln Park and Washington Township and for the Hanover Park Regional School District and the Washington’s Headquarters Neighborhood Association in Morristown.

More information about the Walkable Communities program may be obtained by visiting the Morris County Division of Transportation Web site, www.morrisdot.org .