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America Walks Holds ACE Communities Workshop on Walkable and Vibrant Small Towns

On Thursday, July 19, teams from nine small communities (between 2,000 and 18,000) across Alabama gathered in Montevallo for the “ACE Communities Workshop on Walkable and Vibrant Small Towns.”  Each team included a planner, a transportation engineer, a public health professional, an elected official, and ask advocate, with several other groups represented, such as educators, health care practitioners, and foundations.

Photo: National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
The all-day workshop, facilitated by America Walks’ Ian Thomas, consisted of presentations on best practices in creating walkable communities, a panel discussion featuring staff from state agencies and organizations talking about available resources, a pop-up traffic calming demonstration and series of walkability audits, and structured asset-mapping and goal-setting activities designed to kick-start these teams’ “walkable community planning processes.”
Photo: National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
At the end of the workshop, all nine teams committed to completing their “walkable community plans” and the ACE program and UACED committed to providing continuing support.  There was a discussion about bringing America Walks back to provide follow-up training.