The CT Department of Public Health (DPH) has engaged with CRCOG to lead the Active Transportation component of DPH’s State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant. CRCOG has been awarded funding for 5 years, during which approximately $300,000 has been allocated for “Complete Streets Training” and “Complete Streets Implementation Projects” per year. The trainings aim to address a variety of active transportation related issues across the state, and could include presentations, workshops, or other methods of sharing information about (including but not limited to) benefits on complete streets, implementing tactical urbanism, best practices and case studies for Connecticut towns, and more. The implementation projects aim to help implement complete streets and improve active transportation and can include on-the-ground demonstration projects (i.e. curb bump outs), complete streets policy creation, small area plans, and more.
Selection of projects are designed to consider geographic and demographic diversity as well as health equities and health disparities, proving applicability in a wide range of urban and rural environments and targeting benefits towards sensitive populations (i.e. economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, children, elderly).
In order to successfully complete trainings and projects across the state, CRCOG and their team of consultants are working with the eight other regional councils of government to determine which projects in which towns should be selected and which educational topics are appropriate to each region.