Congratulations to our winners!
SFS Lawn sign competition
1st Prize Winner of the $50 Amazon gift card
Finalists of $5 gift cards
Olivia Van Tuyl
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success. We were so impressed with the level of artwork, thought and time that went into designing the SFS lawn signs from the students of Gelinas Junior High. All the judges loved the colors, the message and the hand-drawn elements in Theresa Jiao's winning design. A huge thank you to Principal Corinne Keane who made this competition possible and was also a judge. Stay tuned for our next contest in 2019. We are really looking forward to seeing the SFS signs around town!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a sign for your lawn.
A new safe walking path to West Meadow Beach coming 2018.
Thank you Legislator Kara Hahn and Suffolk County Parks! A new public walking trail beginning at the Old Field Farm connecting to Trustees Road @ West Meadow Beach will open this summer. This will be tremendous safety benefit to all 3V walkers, runners, cyclists and drivers and will enhance the natural beauty of the area.
The Top Ten Health Reasons to Walk
Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily
1. You will feel better! (Improves sleep, Improves mood, Increases energy)
2. It reduces stress (Lowers cortisol levels, Walking meditation)
3. It boosts immune function ( Walking 30 minutes a day)
4. It helps prevent falls in the elderly
5. It strengthens your bones, joints, and muscles (Well tolerated by people with arthritis)
6. It’s good for your brain (Extensive cognitive benefits)
7. It may decrease the risk of some cancers (Colorectal cancer - 6 hrs/week, Breast cancer - 1 hour/day)
8. It improves glycemic control (Decreases dips in energy)
9. It protects you from heart disease (lowers blood pressure, lowers triglyceride levels)
10. It decreases your rate of weight gain
By Doctor Nancy Mc Linskey
“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” - Hippocrates
20 Benefits of Walkability
The benefits of walkability are all interconnected. Local business will be enhanced by more foot traffic. The means more economic vitality, and social benefits–so people are out and having conversations and connecting–and then you get the health benefits.
1. People live longer
Inactivity is the fourth leading cause of mortality around the world; physical activity dropped 32% in the last four decades in America. For people over 60, walking just 15 minutes a day can reduce the risk of dying by 22%.
2. People lose weight
A 30-minute walk can burn 100 calories; for every 12 blocks or so walked a day, your risk of obesity drops 4.8%.
3. It reduces the risk of chronic disease
Regular walking may reduce the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. Inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.
4. It makes people happier
Someone with a one-hour commute in a car needs to earn 40% more to be as happy as someone with a short walk to work. On the other hand, researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love. People who walk 8.6 minutes a day are 33% more likely to report better mental health.
5. It improves traffic safety
More than 270,000 pedestrians are killed around the world every year; better street design, and policies that reduce speed, can obviously help reduce the risk of crashes. Just shortening a long crosswalk can reduce the risk of pedestrian deaths 6%.
6. It makes neighborhoods more vibrant
The same features that make streets more walkable, like a safer and more attractive design, make people want to spend more time in them generally, bringing vibrancy back to neighborhoods.
7. It enhances the “sense of place”
Spending time walking through a neighborhood, rather than driving, helps people have a better sense of what makes it unique–and more likely to want to help take care of it.
8. It boosts the economy
Making neighborhoods more walkable increases the number of people who shop there. Pedestrians may spend as much as 65% more than drivers. It also boosts employment; in Dublin, a redesigned pedestrian-friendly neighborhood led to a 300% increase in employment. Overall, biking and walking provide an estimated return on investment of $11.80 for every $1 invested.
10. It increases land and property values
When neighborhoods become safer, more accessible, and more liveable, property values rise. Pedestrianizing a street can make home values go up $82 a square foot.
11. It helps local businesses
People who walk in a town are also more likely to shop at stores nearby. The less that people drive, the more money they also have available to spend locally; an economist estimates that because people in Portland, Oregon, drive 20% less than the rest of the country, they save more than $1 billion, and much of that goes back to local businesses.
12. It helps make people 60% more creative and productive
Research suggests that walking boosts creative output an average of 60%. You’re also more likely to be productive, improve memory, and make better decisions after exercise. Walking during work also helps: One internal study at a company found that people felt more energetic, focused, and engaged after walking meetings.
13. It attracts the creative class
Skilled professionals tend to migrate to walkable areas; the most walkable neighborhoods have much higher GDPs per capita, and more college graduates.
14. It helps improve microclimates
Plant-lined sidewalks can help cool neighborhoods down from 9 to 35 degrees.
15. It encourages people to drive less
In many towns, a large number of trips are only a short distance, and better design makes it more likely that people will prefer to walk or bike.
16. It makes towns more livable
Walkability is directly connected to liveability. When Melbourne redesigned its center for pedestrians, itsawan830%increaseinresidents,anditwasrecognizedas heEconomist‘“world’smost liveable city” five years in a row.
17. It inspires civic responsibility
Walkability brings people together with other community members, which increases a sense of responsibility. There is a strong correlation between the walkable areas and a feeling of belonging to a local community. An Irish study found that residents living in alkable neighbourhood exhibit at least 80% greater levels of social capital than those living in car-dependent ones. For instance, they are more likely to know – and therefore to trust – their neighbours and get involved in local issues and politics.
18. It supports cultural heritage
Pedestrianization around a cultural landmark can increase the number of people who visit, and help support efforts for preservation. The Three Village Historical Society and Three Village Community Trust could offer walking tours.
19. It builds engagement
As people spend more time outside in their neighborhoods, they’re more likely to feel attached, and to engage in improving the city in general. Crowdfunded public projects are growing in many cities. Every added 10 minutes of commuting cuts community involvement 10%.
20. It promotes sustainable behaviors
In Canada, a study found that if people drove one less day a week, it could reduce 3.8 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. As towns become more walkable, it can enable a cultural shift away from driving. Taking one sustainable action can also lead people to take others.
By designing for walkability urban planners are also ensuring a level of social cohesion that transcends age and social groups. Ultimately, everyone is a pedestrian. In particular, a recent Arup study shows that 27% of older European adults (65 years and over) choose walking as their main mode of transport. Moreover, merican survey demonstrate that for those under 35 years old, the preference for living in houses where they can walk to shops and have a short commute is 51%.
Walkability is increasing on Long Island!
The demand for walkable neighborhoods is increasing, as more and more members of the millennial generation, the largest generation in American history, enter the home-seeking market. 50 percent consider it “very important” to be within an easy walk of places “such as shops, cafes, and restaurants,” according to the National Association of Realtors.
Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities. The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
Walkable communities provide older adults with improved physical and mental health, increased independence, and socialization opportunities that can prevent isolation.
Walkable neighborhoods help seniors remain active, healthy, social and free to move around. How?
1. Quality of Life While Aging in Place
Many retirees choose to age in place—to avoid moving and remain in their homes as long as possible. But since baby boomers were the generation that built suburbia, many will want to maintain a quality of life in unwalkable neighborhoods.
Older adults socialize more when living in walkable neighborhoods. According to the EPA, in an age-friendly walkable neighborhood or town, regular social interaction is possible, convenient and more frequent. The American Journal of Public Health published a studypublished a study that reveals older people living in walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods have higher levels of social interaction compared with those residing in car-dependent burbs. Living in walkable neighborhoods means you are more likely to know your neighbors, participate in politics, engage socially and even trust people.
2. Transportation + Mobility to Leave the House
Independence builds self-worth and being able to move around your neighborhood is freeing. “More than 20 percent of Americans age 65 or older do not drive. Of those, more than half — about 3.6 million people — stay home on any given day because they have no transportation, AARP says,” from a Washington Post article. Men outlive their “drive-ability” by 7 years, women by 10 years. Public transit becomes key for allowing seniors to remain independent. “A 2002 study by the National Institute on Aging found that about 600,000 people who are 70 or older stop driving every year and become dependent on other forms of transportation.”
A 2003 Brookings Institution study found that 79% of seniors age 65 and older live in car-dependent suburban and rural communities. But older adults increased their use of public transit by 40% between 2001 and 2009. About 15% of those over age 65 use public transit at least once time per month and more than half of them need specialized transportation, according to Placemaking article.
The Port Jefferson 2030 Plan