Royersford Borough receives $18,000 grant for Active Transportation Plan

ROYERSFORD, OCT. 26 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced $18,000 in funding has been awarded to Royersford Borough as a WalkWorks grant, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. 

Ciresi was instrumental in securing the grant to help the borough develop an Active Transportation Plan, creating a comprehensive vision for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure throughout the borough.

“It is important to integrate public health, transportation and recreation for our residents, and I am thrilled to see this grant awarded in our region,” Ciresi said. “I look forward to continuing to work with borough officials and the state to improve our transportation infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of community engagement with the outdoors.”

The state’s WalkWorks program is designed to increase physical activity and provide methods of transportation to recreational spaces. This funding will support the creation of a local framework following the Pennsylvania Statewide Active Transportation Plan and develop objectives and recommendations for improving walking and biking in the community.

“Increasing outdoor recreational and physical activities has proven to lower health risks such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and make people healthier,” Ciresi said. “The work this grant will support realizes the link between transportation policy and public health and will lay the foundation for improvements to expand walkability, bikeability, and accessibility for all residents.”

WalkWorks grant recipients were selected by a multidisciplinary review team that included representatives from the Department of Health, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, state Transportation Department, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Community and Economic Development, and PennDOT’s Local Technical Assistance Program. Funding for the grants is provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under both the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and State Physical Activity and Nutrition Grant programs.