Walkable Communities was
established in the state of Florida in 1996. It was organized
for the express purposes of helping whole communities,
whether they are large cities or small towns, or
parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business
districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions,
specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable
and pedestrian friendly.
It is the organization's premise
Walkability is the cornerstone
and key to an urban area's efficient ground transportation.
Every trip begins and ends with walking. Walking
remains the cheapest form of transport for all
people, and the construction of a walkable community
provides the most affordable transportation system
any community can plan, design, construct and maintain.
Walkable communities put urban environments back
on a scale for sustainability of resources (both
natural and economic) and lead to more social interaction,
physical fitness and diminished crime and other
social problems. Walkable communities are more
liveable communities and lead to whole, happy,
healthy lives for the people who live in them.
The services provided by Walkable Communities are:
- walkable audits (to help determine specific problems
- training courses,
- planning and visioning charrettes to facilitate
community planning efforts, and
- mediation in community disputes over planning issues.
Walkable Communities also provides a small inventory of
publications and photo CDs to
assist in further educating people interested in the related issues of community
planning and zoning, traffic calming, street and intersection
design, specific bicycle and pedestrian facility design,
ADA requirements and public involvement processes.
Walkable Communities has assisted federal, state and local
governments and their related agencies - both elected
officials and staff, developers, neighborhood associations,
chambers of commerce, planning and engineering consultants,
community groups and other non-profit organizations
in their quest to make their communities more liveable
Burden is the Director of Walkable Communities, who
teams with Glatting Jackson and other team
members as needed for specific projects from universities,
city and county governments, consulting firms or retired
business or political leaders who have made a difference
in their towns and cities. Team members have included
senior level town planners, traffic management and
traffic calming engineers, landscape architects, photographers,
security specialists, safety and education consultants,
and workshop facilitators.