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Why Walking and Walkability? The Latest Info to Make the Case

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Why Walking and Walkability? The Latest Info to Make the Case


This session will provide an overview of the latest data and studies highlighting the multiple benefits of walking, including in the areas of health, the environment, economic vibrancy and quality of life.

Presenters:
Presenter: Kate Kraft America Walks
Co-Presenter: Scott Bricker America Walks
Co-Presenter: Joan Dorn Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Co-Presenter: Paul Heberling Office of Safety, Energy, and Environment, Office of the Secretary US DOT
Co-Presenter: Thomas Schmid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Why Walking and Walkability? The Latest Info to Make the Case

  1. 1. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks Contact Information 09/11/12 Making America A Great Place To Walk! Scott Bricker, MURP Executive Director 503.757.8342 sbricker@americawalks.org www.americawalks.org
  2. 2. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Making America A Great Place To Walk! Think of your 3 favorite places & WHY?
  3. 3. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 Your Favorite Places Making America A Great Place To Walk! Source: EcoSalon Source: blog.cars (up)
  4. 4. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 Your Favorite Places Making America A Great Place To Walk!
  5. 5. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 What People Want •Cycling away from cars •Complete routes •Motorist behavior •Quality of facilities Trends and Desires
  6. 6. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 What People Want •Walking away from cars •Complete routes •Motorist behavior •Quality of facilities Trends and Desires
  7. 7. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 • Place • Destination • Shop • Socializing • Relax • Play What People Want Trends and Desires
  8. 8. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 • Place • Destination • Shop • Socializing • Relax • Play What People Want Trends and Desires
  9. 9. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Collaborative Approach 500+ Partner orgs
  10. 10. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking
  11. 11. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Every Body Walk Collaborative 1)Walkability – advance investments, policies and practices that make communities more walkable 2)Walking – encourage everyone to walk America Walks = Backbone organization
  12. 12. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking
  13. 13. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Every Body Walk Collaborative 1)National Network 2)Framing / Communication Tools 3)National Coordinated Action a)Walkability Principles b)Identify Research Needs c)Grow Funding Base Nationally
  14. 14. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking
  15. 15. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Collaborative Approach 500+ Partner orgs
  16. 16. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks -- Services Provided Free Online Webinars – an overview of walking initiatives and the technical resources to advance walkable communities. America Walks to Develop Walking Action Network Making America A Great Place To Walk! Discussion Forum – focused discussions among an expert an action-oriented panel.
  17. 17. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks - Services Provided Walkable Community Strategy and Support -Train the trainer -Community-based workshops -Campaign strategy development -Coalition support America Walks to Develop Walking Action Network Making America A Great Place To Walk! “We are very excited to have a very active role in the built environment world and it was truly catalyzed by of us hosting the AW workshop.” -- Mina Liebert, Director of Live Well Colorado Springs
  18. 18. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 A Framework to Advance Walking Strategies Making America A Great Place To Walk!
  19. 19. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 Federal Advocacy Pedestrian Safety Safe Streets Act
  20. 20. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 Walking = Strong Coalitions Collaborative Approach YOU •Civic Leaders •Business •Tourism Sector •Workplace wellness •Congregation leaders •Equity leaders •Health •Youth •Aging
  21. 21. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Zip codes of respondents N=532
  22. 22. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking
  23. 23. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Staffing
  24. 24. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Annual Budgets Median budget is $7,000
  25. 25. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Why focus on Walking • 65% improve physical health of the community •20% safety of the community •< 10% environment, economics, access •SECONDARY REASON –47% improving access and mobility for all residents
  26. 26. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Walkability Activities
  27. 27. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Policy Accomplishments (409 responses) •Complete Streets policies and advisory groups •SRTS, walk to school day, walking school buses •Sideway inventories, plans, regulations, repairs, construction •Crosswalks and signals •Trail and greenway plans and completed sections •Connectivity – completion of pathways and trails to destinations •Pedestrian Plans and Advisory Councils
  28. 28. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Policies (con’t) •Livability and walkability language in plans •Slower speeds and vision zero goals •Active Transportation planning and multi-modal plans •Pedestrian Strategy Plans •Walking Groups •Mapping walking routes and signage •Public awareness activities •Stopped Freeway Expansion
  29. 29. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks: United Voice for Walking Local Activity Survey: Raw DataMethods and Caveats •Internet Survey –Sent out through AW,ACSM,RTC, SRTS, The Alliance, Easterseals, Prevention Institute, etc. •532 responses •Data is being finalized and cleaned •Results may shift slightly, but general take aways should stay similar
  30. 30. Making America A Great Place To Walk! © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011
  31. 31. © Mark Garbowski 2009-2011 America Walks Contact Information 09/11/12 Making America A Great Place To Walk! Scott Bricker, MURP Executive Director 503.757.8342 sbricker@americawalks.org www.americawalks.org

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