Location: Lynn, Massachusetts, population 92,457
The Problem: The city has a low Walk Score and poor walking access.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Lynn's Metropolitan Area Planning Council is working to combat barriers that prevent physical activity. The city has recently passed a Complete Streets policy and is ready to support infrastructure improvements within the city. This citywide intervention will update policies and procedures to ensure that Complete Streets principles are being met, engage residents to help identify focus areas, implement change and conduct community education about these improved facilities. The hope is that residents will go on a “car diet” and shift from driving to walking and cycling in their improved city.