Walkability assessments to take place in North Long Beach on May 25th and 27th

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The City of Long Beach Departments of Health and Human Services, Public Works and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s Policies for Livable, Active Communities and Environments (PLACE) Program will host two walk audits in North Long Beach on May 25th and May 27th, 2010.

At these walk audits, participants will walk with other residents, key leaders, local business owners and staff from City Departments to evaluate the streets and the physical condition of targeted neighborhoods.  Participants will be accompanied by experts in the field of transportation and “walkability” and will identify concerns for pedestrians related to the safety, access, comfort, and convenience of the walking environment.  The group will also identify possible alternatives or solutions to the concerns they identify.

The first walk audit will take place on Tuesday, May 25th in the Houghton Park/Market Street area and the second will take place on Thursday, May 27th in the area of Starr King Elementary School near Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.  Each audit will include an introductory session, a walking assessment of the neighborhood, and a report-back session.  Registration for each audit event will start at 8:00 a.m., and the workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

To learn more about these two walk audits, please contact Laurie Gruschka, Miller Family Health Education Center Coordinator, at (562) 570-7900, or by email at laurie.gruschka@longbeach.gov.

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