Chatham Conducts Walkability Audit on Main Street; Report on Potential Hazards Forthcoming

Kate Murphy, Environmental Commission Chair, Janice Piccolo, Director Community Services, Officer Roy George, Officer Brian Maher, Cindy O'Gorman, volunteer resident Jackeline Leon, TransOptions Credits: Tom Salvas
Tom Salvas checks out the route for the walkability audit held on Monday Credits: TAP Chatham
Janice Piccolo, director of Chatham Community Services, speaks before the Walkability audit Credits: TAP Chatham
Lisa Leone of TransOptions talks about the Walkability audit before breaking into groups Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Traffic Safety Officer, Roy George, left, on the Walkability audit on Monday Credits: TAP Chatham
Steve Williams, Chatham Borough administrator, takes notes on the Walkability audit on Monday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Police Roy George and Brian Maher on Walkability audit Credits: Tom Salvas
Kate Murphy and Jackeline Leon on Walkability audit on Main Street in Chatham on Monday Credits: Tom Salvas
Janice Piccolo takes notes while Kate Murphy and Jackeline Leon make observations during Walkability audit on Monday Credits: Tom Salvas

CHATHAM, NJ - They took photos, notes and answered questions on clipboards.

Led by Lisa Leone, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Trans Options, members of the community conducted an Urban Track Walkability Audit of Main Street in Chatham on Monday morning. A report on the findings will be forthcoming.

Members representing the Tri-Town 55-Plus Coalition, Chatham Community Services, the Chatham Borough Environmental Commission, and the Chatham Borough Police Department participated in the audit. Steve Williams, Chatham Borough administrator, and Vicki Fife, Borough of Chatham Council member also participated.

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Four groups walked from Division Avenue to Coleman Avenue on Main Street, and from Coleman to University Avenue, checking the walking route for safety and a number of other factors, such as access to bathroom facilities, shade along the route, and factors that could adversely affect seniors.

Chatham Borough Council member Vicki Fife, who participated in the audit, sums up the event Monday night at regular council meeting






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