Dan burden consultants


Build communities through transportation,
not transportation through communities

Dan Burden established this consultancy after dedicating nearly 50 years to helping people embrace active lifestyles, encouraging walking, jogging, bicycling, wheeling, using transit, and vibrant lives within communities. Growing up in the Midwest, Dan’s sense of exploration extended from 1 to 6 miles during his childhood years, fostering numerous friendships along the way. These experiences not only instilled in him a deep-rooted confidence but also fueled his desire to understand the built environment. As a young adult in the early 1960s, Dan developed a profound love for bicycling and quickly realized he was not alone in this passion. Motivated to share the joys of bicycling with others, he emerged as a respected pioneer and authority in active transportation, trail and parks planning, and community engagement. In 1980, Dan became the nation’s first full-time Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, sought after by planners, engineers, landscape architects, developers, elected leaders, staff, and residents who benefitted from his expertise in effectively involving their communities in town-making efforts. Today, Dan’s tireless efforts have inspired thousands of communities across North America. He aspires for you to embark on this exhilarating journey of discovery as well, as it holds the transformative power to change lives. We invite you to explore the resources we have compiled, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you require additional services.

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About Us

Our Approach

Dan Burden Consultants handpicks the experienced talent you need. We have 20 specialists on call who work virtually or in the field. We specialize in small rural and medium size communities in all regions of North America. We work with you to blueprint the active engagement you seek to deliver neighborhood “ownership” of plans. We are proud to have won top awards in all types of active transportation and urban design work. We keep our overhead low to give you top quality services, a customize approach, and timely delivery. Most of our on-call consultants have 20 or more years of experience. Their freedom from the demands imposed by production and profit seeking firms, allows us to maximize our value to your town. In short, we deliver with pride because we love making cities healthier, more focused on people and place.

"In the past transportation planners and engineers built transportation through communities; in the future transportation planners and engineers will build communities through transportation"

Dan Burden, Founder

Our Services

Improving Your Neighborhood

We specialize in providing dedicated assistance to communities throughout North America, working closely with you to ensure active engagement to encourage neighborhood ownership of plans. Our expertise has been acknowledged with prestigious awards in active transportation and urban design. We take immense pride in our work because we are driven by a genuine passion for creating healthier cities that prioritize the well-being of individuals and the overall sense of place. We invite you to explore the comprehensive range of services we offer, designed to support and enhance the livability of your community.


Helping You Find Information

We help you find the information you need most. Like any good librarian we understand your need to quickly find the most current and holistic information on any town building topic. We spend hours combing through the web so that you don’t have to. We Link you to products and a wide range of services. As a for-profit corporation we don’t act like one. Dan Burden Consultants launched 5 nonprofits, and we keep that spirit. Although we are now a for profit, you will see that we spend much time trying to help others without charging a fee. Enjoy!

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