Meet Billy Hattaway!

What’s your day job and how do you think your professional experience fits in with the mission of America Walks? 

I am the transportation director at the City of Orlando. My professional experience since 1995 has been focused on shifting the focus of transportation planning and design from only motor vehicles to community building and transportation projects that provide options for travel, especially walking and bicycling. During the five years at Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) just prior to joining the city, I led a statewide effort to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and put into place Complete Streets policies and design criteria that will fundamentally change the FDOT approach to street design.

In a sentence or less, describe why walking matters to you. 

Walking is the primary mode for transportation, and providing communities where walking is safe, comfortable and pleasant improves the environment, physical and emotional health, and helps the citizens in walkable communities to interact more frequently, which is important for the communities’ sense of well-being.

Name one thing anyone can do to make their community more walkable. 

Get involved in organizations that put expectations on politicians to change development patterns to support walking.

What’s your favorite place to walk? 

San Francisco. It is a very compact city that is walkable with lots of interesting places to experience.

If you could go for a walk with any living person, who would it be? 

Dan Burden, my longtime friend who I tell others is responsible for my conversion experience as an engineer to the importance of community building.