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Complete Streets Crowdsourcing

The following infographics were developed as part of a larger project that assessed different strategies for crowdsourcing for active transportation planning in Delaware. The events took place in Newark, Delaware, during Bike Month 2017 and involved several community partners.

Survey Results: Casho Mill Road Pop-Up Bike Lane Demonstration Project piktochart    Screen capture of GIS Crowdsourcing Story Map Results: Casho Mill Road Pop-Up Bike Lane Demonstration Project Piktochart, showing examples of photos and comments provided by community members     Newark, Delaware 2017 Bike-to-Work Day & Motivate the First State Challenge   Exit Survey Results: National Bike to Work Day in Newark

Complete Streets

Infographic stating streetscaping provides aesthetic design, vibrant centers of activity, pedestrian- and bike-friendly options, and inclusive transportation options.Infographic describing the benefits of TODs. Includes improves public health, strengthen local economy, and create a more sustainable community. Key Elements of Complete Streets. Elements include pedestrian friendly, transit oriented, and public space.Infographic about the five characteristics of tactical urbanism. One, a phased approach to instigating change. Two, ideas for local challenges. Three, short term committment and realistic expectations. Four, low risk, high reward. Five tri-sector engagement among participants.Infographic describing streetscaping elements.Infographic about pedestrian safety islands. Pedestrian safety islands limit the amount of pedestrian exposure to vehicles in streets. As the number of travel lanes increases, pedestrians feel more exposed and less safe crossing the street, so adding a pedestrian safety island can help address these concerns. There are three design recommendations. One, safety islands should be at least 6 feat wide and have a length of 8-10 feet. Two, they should have a 'nose' which extends beyond the ntersection. They should include curbs, bollards, or other features to protect people who are waiting.Through interviews with pop-up project organizers, this timeline framework was identified to create targets for implementing a pop-up project. This framework provides a best practice guide for individuals to assure they have engaged all needed partners and are creating a community dialogue for evaluation. A road diet reduces the number of lanes in a roadway to create space for other uses, including walking, biking, and transit use. This infographic visually shows the traditional road diet model and the variety of benefits of implementation. Through outreach across the state of Delaware, three case studies for pop-up demonstration and pilot projects were featured on the Complete Communities Toolbox. This infographic summarizes each case examined, all of which used low-cost materials to put in place a temporary traffic calming structure. Infographic illustrating the benefits of road diets. Benefits include increased pedestrian flow, increased parking, reduced crashes, improved bike facilities, and decreased traffic speeds.


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Efficient Land Use

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Healthy and Livable

Economic Benefits of Parks & Recreation Infographic The Goals of Parks & Recreation Closely Align with Active Transportation Infographics Infographics of the characteristics of a great park. Public Markets infographicCohousing communities infographicInfographic describing tips for recreational programming. The tips are as follows: themed programming, inclusive programming, family-oriented programming, and using seasonal resourcesInfographic that illustrates the benefits of involving residents in the planning process.Infographic describing how community planning, continuous community involvement, recreational programming, and social marketing increase use of parks and recreational facilities.Infographic illustrating the steps to form a strategic partnership. 1. Identify potential partners. 2. Determine the benefits of the partnership. 3. Meet with Potential Partners. 4. Decide roles and responsibilities. 5. Develop an action plan to leverage resources.An infographic illustrating the amount of physical activity Delawareans engage in. The graphic compares Delaware residents to the rest of the country as well as providing statistics about the amount of physical activity both Delaware adults and children engage in.Infographic showing that walkability has the following benefits for communities: improving safety, promoting active lifestyles, fostering transportation equity, reducing traffic, supporting the local economy, facilitating transportation, helping the environment, and improving health.Infographic illustrating the three steps of The Walkability Assessment Tool. Step one is Preparing for the Walk and Workshop. Step two is Let's Get Walking. Step three is the Path Forward.13% of Delawareans used marijuana in the past year.Three Focus Areas for Effective Smoke-Free Policies on the Local Level: 1. Limiting Access by increasing prices and limiting zoning for retail, 2. Restricting the locations where smoking is acceptable, 3. Changing the culture and social norms so that smoking is not desirable.Infographic of risks associated with youth e-cigarette use. Risks associated with using e-cigarettes include nicotine addiction, negative impacts on brain development, increased risk of onventional cigarette use, nicotine overdose, battery explosion, negative impacts on psycho-social health, and increased risk of illicit drug use.The Surgeon General's Call to Action to end youth e-cigarette use recommends the following steps. Do no harm. Provide information about the dangers of e-cigarettes to youth. Continue to regulate e-cigarettes at the federal level. Create programs and policies to prevent e-cigarette use among youth. Curb advertising and marketing that encourages youth and young adults to use e-cigarettes. Expand surveillance, research, and evaluation related to e-cigarettes.Infographic showing why Delaware should be smoke free. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Delaware and across the U.S. At 17.7%, the percentage of smokers in Delaware is higher than the national average of 15.5%.Graph showing the increase in high school E-cigarette use over the past several yearsAn infographic illustrating reasons local governments should work to improve access to healthy food. Improving access to healthy food diminishes instances of chronic disease, reduces healthcare costs, reduces inequity within communities, strengthens productivity, safety, and economic development, and fosters a sense of community.


This infographic lists seven ways communities can promote nutrition. 1. Partner with the food bank to bring its education programs to the community. 2. Work with schools to incorporate nutrition messages into events and after school programs. 3. Use social media platforms to promote nutrition messages and healthy recipes. 4. Feature the hours and locations of local healthy retailers (farmers' markets, farm stands, CSAs) on the town website. 5. Incorporate MyPlate resources into nutrition messaging and events at which there will be food. 6. Provide healthy food and recipes at community events. 7. Invite local healthy food retailers to community events and meetings. 8. Hold community events at or near community gardens and farmers' markets.

An infographic illustrating five common local food access sources. The sources include a local grocery store, a farmers' market, community supported agriculture, a community garden, and a healthy corner store.

An infographic showing the role of the local government in addressing access to healthy food. Local governments can help with planning. Since community design and the built environment impact food access, communities should use comprehensive plans to assess food access needs and plan for more sustainable food access in the future. Local governments can help create ordinances and policies to promote food access. Elected officials should establish policies that enable food production, improve access to transportation, support land uses that increase food access, and help make healthy food more affordable. Lastly, local governments can participate in local partnerships to improve food access. Governments can facilitate partnerships with many local organizations to bring several organizations together, increase resources for healthy food initiatives, and provide administrative assistance for local initiatives.

An infographic explaining three policy tools local governments can use to improve food access. First, local governments can use zoning to expand the number of zones that allow for healthy food retail and growth, create overlay zones for urban agriculture, and limit the number of fast food restaurants allowed in a zone. Second, local governments can use regulation to require food retailers to carry a selection of staple healthy foods and license mobile produce vendors separately from all mobile vendors. Lastly, local governments can use financial incentives to provide density bonuses for urban gardens, waive fees for healthy food retailer licenses and permits, and reduce parking requirements for healthy food retailers.An infographic showing the roles of various organizations in food access. Local government and the community can work together through participatory planning. The community and local nonprofits can work together through grassroots planning. Local nonprofits and the Local government can work together through programs and partnerships.An infographic listing the types of organizations included in the Delaware Buy Local Guide. The Guide includes community supported agriculture, creameries, farmers' markets, breweries, wineries, distilleries, u-pick locations, farmstands, garden centers, and Christmas tree farms.Infographic about the benefits of community gardening including increased local food production, environmental benefits, walkable food access, and increased sense of community.An infographic illustrating four common forms of urban agriculture. One form is backyard gardens. Backyard gardens are personal food growing gardens created by residents on their own personal property. Ordinances that permit visible outdoor gardening promote this form of gardening. Another form is community gardens. Community gardens are created by individuals or organizations in communities in available open space or vacant lots. Community members work together to tend to the garden. A third form is urban farms. Urban farms can be owned by an individual or community group, and they grow food to be sold locally through a farmers' market or neighborhood farm stand. The last form is rooftop gardens. Rooftop gardens function as individually or community owned farms and gardens. However, they are located on rooftops which may require specific zoning language and different safety regulation.Infographic listing barriers to SNAP enrollment for seniors. One barrier is misinformation. Incorrect information about benefit amounts and qualifications can result in decreased senior applications because they fear they will not qualify or they will not receive enough. Another barrier is stigma. Seniors may feel that others may think differently of them if they enroll in SNAP. In reality, SNAP is a confidential program ensuring all people have access to the healthy food they need. A third barrier is lack of transportation. For seniors without access to a car, attending in person interviews for SNAP can be daunting. Providing transportation assistance and connecting seniors with paratransit can help address this obstacle. A fourth barrier is lack of awareness. Throughout the lives of many seniors, the SNAP program was referred to as food stamps, so it is important to make sure they are aware that SNAP provides the same assistance that food stamps once did. The fifth barrier is length, detail intensive applications. Given the length and detail of the application, finding the required documents and properly filling out the application can be difficult. Providing application assistance can help streamline this process.Infographic listing barriers to healthy food access for seniors. Barriers include low SNAP enrollment, living alone, reduced income, mobility disabilities, less personal vehicle access, and health problemsThis is an infographic illustrating the benefits of community supported agriculture for communities and farmers. Benefits for the community include supplying fresh food regularly, providing a variety of produce, introducing novel cooking methods, fostering relationships with local farmers, and returning spending to the local economy. Benefits for farmers include creating a steady source of income because purchases are made in advance, fostering relationships with community members, developing purchasing loyalty among customers, and spreading awareness of the importance of local agriculture.An infographic describing the process of categorizing food access in terms of walking and driving access. For walking accessibility, food access is considered low with supermarket distances over 1 mile, medium with supermarket distances between .5 and 1 mile, and high with supermarket distances of less than .5 miles. For driving accessibility, food access is considered low with supermarket distances over 20 miles, medium with supermarket distances between 10 and 20 miles, and high with supermarket distances of less than 10 miles.An infographic illustrating the negative impacts of food deserts. Food deserts have fewer supermarkets and long travel distance to stores. Thus they require longer travel times and make it difficult for those without cars to shop. In food deserts, many people shop at convenience and corner stores. At these stores, food is more expensive than at supermarkets, and there is a smaller proportion of healthy food. All of these factors lead to consequences of food insecurity, poor nutrition, and increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and many other chronic diseases.

Active and Inclusive

Placemaking attributes include access and linkages, comfort and image, uses and activities, and sociability.Temporary Placemaking

Infographic describing the five steps to create a great place through the placemaking process. Step 1 is define place and engage stakeholders. Engage diverse stakeholders to identify issues and determine a particular place or places on which to focus placemaking efforts. Step two is evaluate space and identify issues. Evaluate how the space is currently being used and how it can be improved. Step three is establish a vision. Based on feedback and insights from stakeholders, determine the vision for the place. This includes the mission, definition, description, concept plan, action plan, and management plan. Step four is implement vision. Implement your vision incrementally by completing short-term improvements that require a short timeline, a small budget, and can be easily undone. Step five is reevaluate place. Continually reevaluate the space at different times of the day and year to ensure community goals are met. With the information gathered, develop long-term improvements.

Sustainable and Resilient

Asset Based Economic Development Infographic highlighting the social benefits of green infrastructure. Economic Benefits of Green Building Social Benefits of Green Building Practices InfographicShop Small in Delaware

Public Engagement

High Tech Tools Infographic. Tools include GIS applications, mobile apps, social media platforms, and website features.Infographic describing high-touch techniques for public engagement.Through outreach across the state of Delaware, three case studies for pop-up demonstration and pilot projects were featured on the Complete Communities Toolbox. This infographic summarizes each case examined, all of which used low-cost materials to put in place a temporary traffic calming structure. Through interviews with pop-up project organizers, this timeline framework was identified to create targets for implementing a pop-up project. This framework provides a best practice guide for individuals to assure they have engaged all needed partners and are creating a community dialogue for evaluation.