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Washington, DC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: To increase older adults' mobility, the Capitol Hill Village worked to raise residents' awareness of the local transportation offerings. The nonprofit offered social events and educational programming to teach more than 100 residents how to get around without driving. The trainings covered pedestrian safety and provided older adults with in-depth information on transportation services, including the Metrorail system, Capital Bikeshare and local paratransit service. Project organizers say participants increased their knowledge of and confidence using local transportation options.

Wheat Ridge, CO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: Localworks has been working for years to improve Wheat Ridge's 38th Avenue corridor and create a main street destination for the city. Its Activate 38 program aims to promote safe walking, biking and wheelchair rolling along 38th Avenue west of Kipling Street. To support this goal, Localworks staged the Roll, Stroll and Strut Fest at a local park. Local partners included the city parks and recreation department and Bicycle Colorado. As part of the event, Localworks obtained a permit to take over a street near the park to showcase planters, bollards and other devices that can calm traffic, making streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users. Localworks continues to promote healthy mobility along 38th Avenue and hosted an all-abilities bike cruising event in the neighborhood in 2021.

Athens, GA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: This project will create a crash prevention program to protect pedestrians and cyclists, including older adults. It will analyze accidents in high-risk areas, recommend countermeasures and provide safety education to local residents.

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Austin, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Walkability

Description: This project will engage older adult volunteers to conduct two walk audits in high-traffic zones located near grocery stores in Central and South Austin.

Austin, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: The project will install wayfinding signs along the Red Line Parkway, a walking and cycling route that stretches for more than 32 miles.

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