Walkable Communities Provide Opportunities to Work Together (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)
This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here.
The work to create walkable communities and to promote physical activity provides opportunities to engage with otherwise marginalized segments of the community. Activities that are used to promote walkable communities can be used to bring new partners and allies to the conversation. Additionally, efforts to develop new walkabilty efforts should have members from all parts of the community as part of the planning and decision-making process. Communities should use the opportunities presented by work to address concerns of walkability to engage and inform community members in conversations on broader topics.
This section will:
- Provide talking points and messaging tools to talk about how efforts to create walkable communities create valuable opportunities to engage and inform all community members
- Share examples of how activities and resources to promote walkable communities can be used to engage all members of a community and to recruit new partners and advocates
- Offer existing tools and resources that can be used in the efforts to engage new partners and allies in the walking movement
- Demonstrate how communities that engage members on issues of walkability can become more equitable communities
Social Justice Toolkit Resources
The resources below were created by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative in support of this Toolkit. To provide feedback on these resources, please click here.
The resources below are existing resources that relate to the work discussed in this section. To submit a resource to be included in this section, please click here.
- Coalitions, Alliances and Partnerships (California WALK):Describes purpose of coalitions, alliances, and partnerships along with a listing of some partnering advocacy organizations for walking/biking/active transportation and brief description of their purpose.
- Community Safety Partnership: Collaboration for Safer Neighborhoods:Description of the creation and implementation of Community Safety Partnership in Watts, CA to address the “need for large-scale, systemic changes in order to promote community safety.”
- Case Study: Neighbors, Leaders Work Together to Turn Busy Street into a Pedestrian-Safe Destination in Colorado:Example of how community partners worked together to transform a busy traffic corridor into a safe pedestrian area.
- A Social Justice Communications Toolkit
- Community Engagement Articles and Resources
- 10 Principles of Authentic Community Engagement (checklist by KnowledgeWorks Foundation)
- Authentic Community Engagement Requires Vulnerability (article by Tim Schwantes, Active Living by Design)
- If We Build It, We Will Come: A Model for Community-Led Change (Research Study in American Journal of Public Health)
- Creating Great Communities Through Public Involvement: Organizational Models for Public Involvement (slideshow and webinar* from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center)
- Creating Great Communities Through Public Involvement: How to Create and Run Effective Advisory and Advocacy Groups (slideshow and webinar* from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center)