Promoting Walkability: Creating Safe and Active Neighborhoods
Facilitators: Wendy Landman and Adi Nochur, WalkBoston
- Casey Starr, Main South CDC
- Karin Valentine-Goins, WalkBike Worcester
What does it mean for a community to be "walkable" and how can we create neighborhoods that are safe, active, accessible and vibrant? Find out at this training geared towards Community Development Corporation staff, planners, architects, public health advocates, municipalities and other community groups that will explain the basics of how to design development projects and advocate for neighborhoods that promote walking and active living.
This training will include a walking component in the Main South neighborhood where we will view the work that Main South CDC is doing and explore issues of walkability firsthand!
Topics to be covered include:
- The characteristics and benefits of a walkable community
- Engaging and working with residents and active transportation advocates to understand and improve walkability
- Integrating walkability into a development project and linking a project with municipal plans and efforts to improve walking conditions
- An overview of how to conduct a walk assessment of a neighborhood
- Resources and opportunities for community groups and municipalities to promote more walkable neighborhoods
This is the second training the Mel King Instute has offered in partnership with WalkBoston. Some comments from those that took the previous training in Boston, April 2016:
"This workshop has been helpful to see initatives for infrastructure in other neighborhoods and how we can couple that with neighbor involvement."
"I gained the concept of having a built environment as a tool to create social cohesion and promote positive social outcomes due to a comprehensive design."