Have you ever walked your neighborhood and seen things a long the way that could use improvement? Well now residents of Stamford’s East Side can rate how walkable their community is as part of a new study in the area.
“The purpose is to have safe places for people to walk on the East Side; for the sidewalks to be safe, not only just for walking but for cyclists and also for pushing a stroller or a grocery cart,” says Eva Weller, Executive Director of the East Side Partnership.
The East Side Partnership brought the new walkability program to the community just a few months ago. Weller says participants are given a checklist of things to observe and rate while walking the streets.
“The idea would be that people can easily negotiate the sidewalks and the cross streets, look to see if cars are traveling too fast, they look at signage to see if the signs are too low so you wouldn’t want to hit your head while your walking,” says Weller. “If the sidewalks are intact or whether there are potholes or bumps.”
Weller says over 20 people have joined the study so far. But she says there’s a lot of ground to cover, and many more are needed.
“Hopefully we will, be the end, have canvassed the entire area that makes up the East Side Partnership and maybe other neighborhoods then will also participate,” she says.
Once the study is complete, Weller says the findings will be submitted to the City’s Health Commission for review. She says she expects the program to gain more momentum in the spring.
“When the weather warms up a little bit and improves, then we may have a walkability day and we’ll ask people to come out on a specific day and just walk.”
Weller says this is one of many neighborhood improvement initiatives organized by the East Side Partnership, a non-profit that took shape in the community 12 years ago.
“Our mission is to be clean, safe, and green and to promote a better lifestyle and neighborhood for the business owners, residents, and visitors to the East Side.”
To get involved with the walkability program contact Eva Weller at the e-mail address or phone number provided. To find out more about the East Side Partnership, visit eastsidepartnership.org