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“Lessons from the Experts” Webinar

Webinar Title: “Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps Toward Walkability ”

Date and Time: Monday, March 9th at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, America Walks

Presenter: Mark Fenton, Tufts University

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To conclude our “Inspiring Stories” Webinar series on a high note, America Walks presents inspirational speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton and his “Lessons from the Experts.”

Based on recent interviews with a dozen experienced and successful walkable community advocates from across the United States, this Webinar describes ten starter-strategies that work. This proven prescription for advancing walkable community design confronts and addresses three commonly-heard concerns that sometimes serve to discourage local efforts:

  1. “We don’t know how to design this stuff.”
  2. “It costs too much and we don’t have the money.”
  3. “Nobody walks here anyway – so why bother?”

As Mark will demonstrate, excellent resources exist to help communities design for walkability; these are typically low-cost approaches which can often be implemented along with other infrastructure work; and an apparent lack of pedestrians is almost always the result of inadequate facilities. Knowledge is power and we hope this information will inspire you to persevere.

Specific strategies include improving way-finding, upgrading a worn path or “goat trail,” calming traffic with mini-circles, and redefining the “traffic impact analysis.” If you’re a planner, engineer, or elected official, you can implement these changes directly; if you’re a citizen advocate, you can work with your city officials to get it done. At the end of the Webinar, Mark will ask you – America Walks’ local change agents – to take action on one or two of these targeted strategies and then send us your reports on how effective they were, so we can incorporate your experiences and continue to refine our educational and capacity-building efforts.

More information about these strategies can be found in the Every Body Walk! Collaborative’s recently published Getting Started Practice Briefs, written by Mark Fenton.

Presenter bio:

  • Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. He has written numerous books including the best selling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness,” helped with the development of the University of North Carolina’s Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitated the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Mark studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, and manager of Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory. From 1986 to 1991, Mark was a member of the United States national racewalking team and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer racewalk.

With thanks:

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.