By Meredith McCulloch
On October 30, Healthy Bedford coordinator Carla Olson told the Planning Board that the Town has received a $25,000 grant to implement two initiatives associated with the Healthy Bedford program. Both projects—a pedestrian master plan and a local transportation plan—emerged from a survey of community needs on issues of health and quality of life in which walkability and public transportation rose quickly to the top of community concerns.
This is the second phase of the two-part project funded by CHNA (the Community Health Network Area) which begins November 1 and continues for 18 months. Both Concord and Lexington have also applied for and received similar funding.
Following the implementation study, the three Healthy Bedford Coordinators, Sue Baldauf (Bedford Youth and Family Services), Carla Olsen (Healthy Bedford and Safe Routes to School), and Heidi Porter (Board of Health) will seek sources of funding for improving local transportation from agencies such as the Metropolitan Planning Organization. There have also been preliminary conversations with the Community Preservation Committee about possible support for developing a Bedford-specific pedestrian master plan.