Walking College Module #1 June 8 – June 19
Module 1 Topics:
- Why people walk
- History of car‐oriented design
- Benefits of walking/walkable communities
- Latest trends/evidence (economic, etc.)
- Researching/analyzing/communicating data (crash statistics,etc.)
Study Materials (5 hours):
- Walking As Practice
- Walking, Walkability, and Livability
- A short history of walkable urbanism and transit-oriented development (Denver Business Journal)
- What is Walkability? How Do You Measure It?
- Every City Should Have a Law of Two Words: Pedestrians First (Gil Penalosa), video accompanying First Pillar: Walkability
- The Walkable City (Jeff Speck)
- AARP Livability Index
- Benefits of Walking and Walkable Communities
- Safety Benefits (Steps to a Walkable Community)
- Health Benefits (Steps to a Walkable Community)
- Twenty-three and a half hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? (Mike Evans)
- Social Equity Benefits (Steps to a Walkable Community)
- Transportation Benefits (Steps to a Walkable Community)
- Economic Benefits (Steps to a Walkable Community)
- Good Walking is Good Business (WalkBoston)
- Modern Trends in Walking
- Walking is Going Places (Jay Walljasper)
- America in 2015: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation and Community (Urban Land Institute)
- Traditional Development is a Municipal Gold Mine (Chuck Marohn)
- What Milennials Want- And Why Cities are Right to Pay Them So Much Attention (Anthony Flint, Citylab)
- Walkable Cities Mean Safety and Socialization for Aging in Place (Kathy Birkett)
- Data Collection and Analysis
Webinar: “Why Walking?” (Thurs., June 18th at 10-11am Pacific, 1-2pm Eastern):
Speakers: Jonathon Stalls (Walk2Connect) and Jim Stone (Circulate San Diego)
Summary: Why do we care about walking, and why do we put so much effort into campaigning for walkable communities? In our first Walking College Webinar, we take an introspective look at the walking movement with the help of two of its most accomplished practitioners. Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, will discuss the human, psychosocial practice of walking and give examples from the increasing popular vogue of walking groups, clubs, and programs. Then, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego will present “The Ecology of Walking” – an exploration of the interrelationships between walking, health, the environment, and the economy; and a chronology of the fall and rise of walking as transportation over the last 100 years.
Community Activities (2 hours):
- Read about Walk Score, and find the Walk Score of your community.
- Find people who are walking in your community and conduct brief interviews – why are they walking?, what do they like about walking here?, what makes walking difficult?
- Research one or two recent media stories about walking and/or walkability in your community.
Discussion Forum (1 hour preparation, 1 hour participation):
- Prompt #1: What are the “community co-benefits of walking?”
- Prompt #2: What is the difference between “walking” and “walkability” and how do they relate to each other?
- Prompt #3: Discuss the past, present, and future of walking and walkability.