The Plan provided identification of neighborhoods that could be most impacted through improved connectivity, a framework for implementing Complete Streets policies, and prioritized opportunities to implement safe and healthy bike and pedestrian connectivity and improve public health outcomes in the community through increased physical activity.
Akron Active Transportation Plan
The Akron Active Transportation Plan was a $45,000 grant-funded study focused on improving public health outcomes by identifying bike and pedestrian connectivity challenges in the neighborhoods of Akron and providing detailed infrastructure recommendations.
Environmental Design Group, hired by Summit County Public Health, provided extensive research services to identify target neighborhoods and assisted in developing strategies to advocate for active transportation and healthier connectivity options. Research included identification of sidewalk and crosswalk voids, potential food deserts, bike and pedestrian collision areas, and crime mapping and census data correlation. Recommendations included target neighborhood identification and prioritized bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.