Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free Webinar introducing the Walk Friendly Communities program

WalkBikeBerks will help any community who wishes to become a Walk Friendly Community. GOOD LUCK!

PBIC News Brief
October 12, 2010
Free Webinar introducing the Walk Friendly Communities program

CHAPEL HILL, NC — With the recent launch of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will present a free Webinar discussing the details of the program on:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
1:00pm-2:00pm E.T.

Presented by:
Carl Sundstrom, PE, Program Specialist, PBIC and
Vivian Coleman, RLA, AICP, Pedestrian Program Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation

To register, please visit www2.gotomeeting.com/register/571596451
This Webinar will provide an overview of the WFC program and deliver details of the application process. WFC is a recently-launched nationwide program with the goal of encouraging towns and cities throughout the United States to establish (or recommit to) a high priority for supporting safe walking. Developed by PBIC, the purpose of this program is twofold: to recognize existing walkable communities and to provide a framework for communities seeking to improve their walkability. Vivian Coleman, pedestrian program manager with the Charlotte Department of Transportation will discuss the WFC program from the perspective of an applicant community. The presentation will also cover key questions regarding the WFC Community Assessment Tool. This tool provides an objective measurement method to recognize communities that have achieved high levels of walking and low rates of pedestrian crashes, while also acknowledging communities that are making progress in achieving these goals through policies, projects and programs. Since there are many ways to achieve these outcomes, a range of questions in this tool captures the variety of factors that affect walkability. This program also provides information, feedback and guidance to communities regardless of whether they qualify for recognition as a WFC.

Walk Friendly Communities is a livability initiative jointly supported by the Federal Highway Administration and FedEx. A number of national partners collaborated with PBIC to develop and refine the program’s assessment tool, which was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit http://www.walkfriendly.org, or direct your questions to info@walkfriendly.org.
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