Walking College 2016- Module #1 “Why Walking”

Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 24

Learning Objectives

After completing this Module, Fellows will be able to:

  • Discuss why people walk and the history of car-oriented design in the US
  • Identify the cross-cutting co-benefits of walking and walkable communities
  • Explain how walkable communities increase social equity while gentrification reduces it
  • Summarize the Surgeon General’s Call to Action and the principles of Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School, and Complete Streets campaigns
  • Research, understand, and communicate data to support campaigns
Study Materials

Read or view the following study materials (asterisked items* are provided primarily as reference sources, and may be skim-read; total estimated time, 5 hours):

Community Activities

Complete the following activities (estimated time, 2 hours):

  • Read about Walk Score and find the Walk Scores of your community and other communities you are familiar with.
  • 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.
Webinar: “Why Walking and Walkability?”

  • Speaker: Mark Fenton (Tufts University)
  • Summary: Join America’s best-known Walking Champion, Mark Fenton, for an inspiring presentation on why walking and walkability matter. A former competitive race-walker, Mark will explain why walking has been central to human existence throughout our history until we lost our way in the twentieth century, and how the walking advocacy movement has worked to repair the damage in the last 20 years. Most importantly, he will lay out actions and strategies that enable everyone to contribute to making our communities more walkable and increasing walking as a practice.
  • Additional Resources
Discussion Forum

Make notes related to the following prompts and be prepared to share your thoughts during the discussion forum (estimated time, 2 hours):

  • 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: How successful/effective is the Surgeon General’s Call to Action?