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Information and Scheduling
Walkable Communities, Inc. provides a variety of services
to communities, large and small. The Walkable Communities
staff have helped: neighborhood organizations, traffic engineering
staff, planning and community redevelopment staff, universities,
small towns (e.g. Crested Butte, Colorado; Brevard, North
Carolina; Colville, Washington), mid sized cities(e.g. Lacey,
Washington; Grand Junction, Colorado, Asheville, North Carolina),
and very large cities (e.g. Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington;
Honolulu, Hawaii). Services rendered usually include:
- Customized for any length, occassion or audience, and can be
developed using the broadest possible assortment of relavent case
studies, pertinent slides and presentation graphics
Training Courses (one or two-day, can be customized to meet
Visioning or Design Charrettes or
Workshops (usually 3 to 5-day events):
Charrettes are brief, intense
design sessions that address urban problems or community visions
comprehensively. All citizens who are interested in the issues or
projects to be considered are placed in a room with maps of the
study area. In a few days, with the help of a team of professionals
(facilitators, engineers, planners, designers and architects), these
citizens are able to draw a clear picture of the future of their
community. A more detailed description of the charrette process
is given on the following pages.
Assist with formal or informal evaluations of walking/bicycling
conditions and roadway design improvements recommended. Generally
these services are provided to planning and engineering staff, local
commissions, chambers of commerce, school boards, parks and neighborhoods.
"Day with Dan Burden" for a multitude of community
development activities which might include (but are not limited
- Breakfast/lunch presentations and discussions with political,
business and/or neighborhood leaders,
- Staff training on various topics (traffic calming, pedestrian
or bicycle facilities, intersection design, etc.),
- Public presentations,
- Walkable audits or walking tours (often with members of the
- Traveling classrooms (bus or van tours of local streets with
instruction and on-site evaluations)
- Schoolroom activities with elementary and middle school students
to help with community visioning.
Staff can support new and innovative community visions
by preparing reports or entire manuals to guide development of pedestrian,
bicycling or traffic calming facilities. This service includes technical
reviews of plans and writing manuals devoted to geometrics, traffic
operations, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic calming, school zones,
downtown or other neighborhood improvements.
Scheduling Recommendations: We suggest that you pick dates
at least four to six months ahead. This lead time helps both
of us with planning and marketing. Dan (and any other staff hired)
work in the field most of the time, so scheduling should be done
through Dan's Assistant, Ken, in Orlando by calling toll-free 866-347-2734.
You can also check the web page calendar
to determine dates available.
Walkable Communities staff can sometimes schedule audits, interviews
and general presentations into the calendar with as little as 15
days notice depending on budget and availability.
Agreements: Once you and the home office have determined
your scope of services desired and scheduled the dates needed, it
is best to solidify the arrangements with a letter of understanding,
memorandum of agreement or simple letter contract. This official
document can be drafted by either you or the home office staff.
If your agency requires a more complete contract, the Walkable Communities
home office staff expect you to funrish the needed documents.
Briefing Packets: It is very appreciated if local organizers
of Walkable Communities services furnish detailed schedules of activities
during Dan's visits, especially if there are many activities planned.
Also local briefing packets with any maps or background information
which would help Dan customize his presentations is also appreciated.
Packet maps and materials can be returned after they have accomplished