SUNY Cobleskill Partners with Village of Cobleskill to Improve Pedestrian Walkways

April 19, 2012

Golding Middle School students will travel to SUNY Cobleskill on Monday, April 30, for the Beard Wellness Center’s annual Wellness Walk. This year, students and staff will be using improved pedestrian walkways constructed as part of the Creating Healthy Places initiative. Creating Healthy Places is working with the village of Cobleskill to promote a more walkable community. The students will walk from the middle school to the College at 1 p.m., returning at approximately 2:30 p.m.

 

The Creating Healthy Places/village of Cobleskill partnership resulted in a $29,760 project to install inlaid crosswalks at four key intersections: the bridge at Main Street, MacArthur Avenue at Main Street, Rose Street at Bridge Street, and Rose Street at Elm Street.

 

“This project is a great example of how policy and environmental changes influence the health of communities,” says Deya Greer, program coordinator for Creating Healthy Places. “One of the best ways to promote an active lifestyle is to provide safe places for people to walk.”

 

Creating Healthy Places contributed $13,000 to the project, an amount matched by the village of Cobleskill. Copeland Coating Company, Inc., donated $3,760 in labor and materials.

 

“The longevity of these crosswalks is well worth the initial investment, as their lifespan cycle is equal to that of the roadway surrounding it,” adds Steve Hinding, vice president at Copeland Coating Company.

 

The intersections are on either side of the new bridge on Route 7 and on top and bottom intersections of Rose Street. Pedestrian travel is now safer for college students and community members walking between SUNY Cobleskill and the village, as well as for middle school students walking home near Elm Street. The crosswalks feature a durable and beautiful finish, far surpassing the reflective crosswalk tape installed every few years.

 

Creating Healthy Places worked with the Schoharie Planning and Development Agency to coordinate the project in conjunction with the Corridor Planning Team that includes four municipalities of Cobleskill and Richmondville.

 

“One of the issues facing Richmondville and Cobleskill is our main thoroughfares are state-owned roads, therefore limiting the control the towns and villages have over road construction projects,” says Shane Nickle, senior planner at Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency. “The Corridor Planning Team brought these municipalities together to work with the New York State Department of Transportation to design a road environment that is pedestrian and bike-friendly.”

 

Creating Healthy Places is a five-year New York State Department of Health grant awarded to SUNY Cobleskill to implement a series of initiatives to encourage an active lifestyle in Schoharie County.

 

For more information, contact Deya Greer of SUNY Cobleskill’s Beard Wellness Center at 518-255-5294 or greerdn@cobleskill.edu

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