SANFORD — Concerned about walking, biking or using a wheelchair safely in Sanford? A local group, the Sanford Active Community Environment, or ACE team, hopes local residents will share their experiences getting around town without a car at an upcoming community forum, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall council chambers.

According to member Lee Burnett, the Sanford ACE team is a group of Sanford residents, organizations and city staff whose mission is to foster a community environment in Sanford that is safe and inviting for people of all ages to enjoy active lifestyles.

Burnett said the team hopes to hear about the places people find easy and safe to use without a car, and the places where that is difficult. Attendees will be asked to mark up maps and discuss improvements. Anyone interested in walking, biking or skateboarding, or who uses a wheelchair, is welcome.

The forum will also be an opportunity to hear about and influence these ongoing projects:

Ӣ Superintendent David Theoharides plans to present the proposed site and layout of the new high school and technology center. To help people visualize possibilities, a video will be shown of a bicycle ride through the high school site produced by Jamie Anderson, media communications instructor.

Ӣ Interim Public Works Director Pete Smith plans to provide an overview of upcoming road paving projects. He will also solicit volunteers to help complete a sidewalk inventory.

”¢ Connie Roux and Reegan Brown of Partners for Healthier Communities will provide an overview of a recent “Rural Active Living Assessment” conducted with the help of the ACE team.

”¢ Junior high school students plan to be available to answer questions about their recent “We Built This City” project for park improvements.

Ӣ Trail committee members plan to answer questions about current trail projects.

”¢ Representatives from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine’s Safe Routes to School Program will share ways to create more bike-able and walkable communities.

The forum is sponsored by the Sanford Active Community Environments team, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and York County Community Transformation Grant Program.

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