June 7, 2019 | Chris Sargent The Danville Village to Village Committee is excited to announce that the Town of Danville was awarded an additional $13,000 through the Vermont Department of Health’s “Quick Build for Health” grant program. This grant funding will jump start the implementation of recommendations coming out of the Better Connections master planning process. These “quick build” projects are intended to be small-scale improvements that will complement longer term transportation infrastructure investments in the community. Over the next few months you will begin to see new bike racks around Danville and a bike repair and water station trailside near Danville’s Historic Railroad Station. The Village to Village Committee is also exploring the feasibility of installing and testing a temporary advisory shoulder on Danville/Peacham Road to create safer bike and pedestrian access from the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail into the Village. The Quick Build for Health Grant Program aims to support state-wide goals of improving rates of physical activity and healthy eating to prevent chronic conditions. Research shows when communities intentionally design their built environment for safe walking and biking (bike lanes, sidewalks, crossings, signage) people are more likely to engage in these activities. These community-based strategies for active living have been shown to have positive impacts on public health outcomes and improve quality of life.