Community Change Grant Update: Shinnecock Indian Nation

America Walks is pleased to learn how the Community Change Grant has kick-started efforts to slow down traffic and improve safety in the tribal community of Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Our Community Change Grant program, which will open up again in the fall of 2020, supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members. 

Lauryn Randall, the Transportation Coordinator with the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island, NY, facilitated and coordinated the grant, while participating in our Tribal Pedestrian Safety workshop at the National Transportation in Indian Country Conference in Big Sky, MT. 

Lauryn shared this update and appreciation to America Walks for funding the project.

The problem:

Nestled in the middle of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation is an array of buildings on either side of Church Street that provide essential services to the community. But Church Street has a blind curve that directly transverses the hub, making it precarious to cross.

The project goal is to create a safe zone with fun crosswalks that encourage walking from building to building and allow the children to safely access the playground and basketball court. 

The implementation process includes:

  • installing signage and speed bumps to significantly reduce traffic speed
  • pushing back overgrown vegetation to create a grass road shoulder
  • painting crosswalks with culturally relevant designs

Lauryn is confident that safety and aesthetic improvements will be a source of pride and motivate community members to walk more and drive less within the service sector of the territory.

Check out this progress!

Photos from the crosswalk pop-up event:

Recent photos of the new stop sign, crosswalk sign, and crosswalk paint connecting the community to the health building parking lot and walkway and amenities of the community:

Since it’s beginning in 2015, the Community Change Grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the US.

The progress on the blind curve of Church Street in Shinnecock Indian Nation is another great example of the power of local advocates to affect change in their communities.

Learn more about our Community Change Grant program, set to open for applications again in the fall of 2020, by clicking here



About Kelli McIntyre

Kelli McIntyre (she/her) is the Communications Associate for America Walks. With a background in exercise and sport science and over 15 years of experience in health and wellness program design and management, Kelli’s passions lie in human rights, social justice, and livable community advocacy. Kelli is a 2016 Walking College graduate and for the past 5 years has worked to inspire joyful movement, grow support for livable communities, and advance health justice at Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. With a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelli is a lifelong learner and currently a 2020 candidate for MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows. Kelli is mom to an energetic teenager- Jack, a weekend warrior, a beginner yogi, an urban gardener, a loving basketball coach, a baby sister, neighborhood auntie, and an avid walker.