to Walkable Communities, Inc.
Walkable Communities, Inc.
is a non-profit corporation, 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 that:
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 the corporation are:
- walkable audits (to help determine specific problems and solutions),
- training courses,
- planning and visioning charrettes to facilitate community planning
- mediation in community disputes over planning issues.
The organization also provides a small inventory of publications, video
tapes and slide sets 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.
The corporation 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 and sustainable.
Walkable Communities, Inc. has two full-time staff members, Dan
Burden, Director, and Lys
Burden, Office Manager, and hires 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.