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Place-based CPTED for Safe Communities Part 2 (Skills-based CPTED Training)

This workshop will start with a classroom session of the history, background and core learning objectives of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is a proactive technique in which the design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of and incidents of crime and asocial behavior. This will build on the training held on the first day. On Day 2, participants will break into small groups and travel to a local site to test their knowledge by completing a CPTED assessment in the field. Groups will return to the classroom before the end of the session to give presentations on their findings and have a discussion as a group. Workbook will be provided.

About the Facilitators

  • Faith Kistler is a Police Analyst with the St. Louis County Police Department. As a Police Analyst she identifies and maps crime data, while looking for patterns and trends. She performs analyses, data munging, and data visualization on all forms of police related data. Faith has the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation. With this certification Faith has performed several assessments in the St. Louis County region.
  • Brittain (Britt) Storck has established her landscape architectural career around greenway and trail placemaking, natural resource-based recreation projects, and active community design and planning for 15 years. She co-chairs Alta’s National Trail Service Area, leads the firm’s east coast Landscape Architecture practice, and is a national expert on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Britt has worked collaboratively with engineers and planners, urban designers and in a volunteer capacity across the country to develop projects that activate communities and improve the quality of life. She has the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) credentials obtained through the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP) training program. Individuals with this designation are qualified to identify strategies and concepts for projects that effect human behavior and influence a project’s real and perceived safety. CPTED experts perform field assessments and site plan reviews, write CPTED ordinances, author design guidelines, and provide overlay districts for planning and zoning.

 

Evening Reception “A Taste of St. Louis” (5p-7p)

Join America Walks and local partners for an evening reception welcoming attendees to St. Louis with small bites and tastes from some local eateries.

Featured Guests

In April 2017, Lyda Krewson won a historic election to become the first woman to serve as mayor of St. Louis. Prior to the election, Krewson served as 28th Ward Alderwoman. She is also a CPA and served as the CFO for an international design firm until her election as Mayor in 2017.

As Mayor, Krewson has focused intently on public safety, naming Judge Jimmie Edwards as Director of Public Safety and John Hayden as Chief of Police. She also led the effort to pass Proposition P, a half cent sales tax to provide salary and benefit increases for police and firefighters, and a million each for summer jobs, recreation for kids, mental health, and demolition. Krewson is also focused on reducing vacant buildings, cleaning up St. Louis, increasing economic and workforce development, and providing good service to all St. Louis residents, businesses and visitors.

Krewson is known for her civility, determination and fairness in addressing issues.

During her tenure as 28th Ward Alderwoman, Krewson unapologetically took on tough and controversial issues including passing the comprehensive smoking ban, fighting for common sense gun regulation, leading the effort to reduce the Board of Aldermen from 28 to 14, and passing the city’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  Krewson worked closely with Forest Park Forever to renovate Forest Park, and with developers to bring responsible development to the Central West End, Skinker DeBaliviere, and the Loop. She is also known for making neighborhoods more accessible for walkers and bike riders, planting over 1,500 trees, sponsoring the “doggie dining” bill, and spearheading the Sunflower + Program.

After graduating with an education degree from Truman State University, Krewson moved to St. Louis where she earned her accounting degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Later she worked for Deloitte for 7 years.

In 1995 Lyda’s husband, architect Jeff Krewson, was tragically murdered in an attempted carjacking in front of their home. With the support of family, friends, and many great neighbors, Krewson raised her two kids and continued to live in her home in the Central West End. In 1998, she married Mike Owens. Today, they enjoy neighborhood walks, gardening, and occasional hikes in the mountains.

 

Place-based CPTED for Safe Communities Part 1 (Skills-based CPTED Training)

This workshop will start with a classroom session of the history, background and core learning objectives of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is a proactive technique in which the design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of and incidents of crime and asocial behavior. Day 1 will be a classroom session to introduce participants to CPTED principles, public education techniques, and programmatic and operational measures for improving public space. Participants will learn how to perform a CPTED assessment.

About the Facilitators

  • Faith Kistler is a Police Analyst with the St. Louis County Police Department. As a Police Analyst she identifies and maps crime data, while looking for patterns and trends. She performs analyses, data munging, and data visualization on all forms of police related data. Faith has the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation. With this certification Faith has performed several assessments in the St. Louis County region.
  • Brittain (Britt) Storck has established her landscape architectural career around greenway and trail placemaking, natural resource-based recreation projects, and active community design and planning for 15 years. She co-chairs Alta’s National Trail Service Area, leads the firm’s east coast Landscape Architecture practice, and is a national expert on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Britt has worked collaboratively with engineers and planners, urban designers and in a volunteer capacity across the country to develop projects that activate communities and improve the quality of life. She has the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) credentials obtained through the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP) training program. Individuals with this designation are qualified to identify strategies and concepts for projects that effect human behavior and influence a project’s real and perceived safety. CPTED experts perform field assessments and site plan reviews, write CPTED ordinances, author design guidelines, and provide overlay districts for planning and zoning.

 

Advanced Campaign Planning and Implementation (Skills-based Advocacy Training – Part 2)

Take your advocacy to the next level with this workshop. Topics covered will include issue research, coalition development, messaging for the public and elected officials, and using data to support your policy goals – all in the context of actual ongoing campaigns in the St. Louis area and statewide.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain, in general terms, how advocates can impact public policy
  • Describe and discuss actual ongoing advocacy campaigns in the St. Louis area and statewide
  • Conduct advocacy campaign tasks, such as
    • Research an issue
    • Identify specific policy goals
    • Assemble a community coalition
    • Design/disseminate a messaging campaign
    • Meet with elected officials
    • Analyze/utilize data
  • Pick up the phone and discuss strategy/challenges with other advocates

Facilitators:

  • Taylor March (Trailnet): directs Trailnet’s walking, biking, and transit advocacy campaigns, policy work, and educational campaigns. Taylor’s work centers on the framework that infrastructure solutions are the most effective way to eliminate traffic fatalities on our streets, and having a plan for where infrastructure changes are needed is essential for St. Louis. Taylor is a League-Certified Cycling Instructor, has worked with car-free commuting initiatives and education campaigns that target infrastructure planning and community outreach. His past work with Trailnet’s Safe Routes to School Program leveraged parental and community involvement to promote and support physical activity. Before joining Trailnet, Taylor worked as a photovoltaic solar designer and project manager, and his passion for engineering, infrastructure, and the environment inform his work on public policy at Trailnet. Taylor is a full time bicycling, bus transit, and walking commuter and a League-Certified Cycling Instructor. Taylor has years of previous experience as the service manager at bicycle shops, teaching weekly mechanics clinics, as well as well as holding certifications in bicycle frame building and design through the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon.
  • Faye Paige Edwards (GirlTrek): Faye Paige Edwards is a community activist who has many roles. She is the Marketing Manager for AfricanAncestry.com, whose mission is to change the way African Americans seem themselves and Africa. She has been a Walking College Fellow and is now a mentor for America Walks. She also holds an BA, MA, MBA, Community Health Worker certification and NCBH Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor certification.
    She has been an Organizer for GirlTrek — now the largest behavioral health movement for African American women in the country — since 2012 and is now on the GirlTrek National Advisory Council. She continues to grow the St Louis Metro GirlTrek Tteam, now more than 2,000 women committed to a daily 30 minute walk as radical act of self-care.
  • Kim Cella (Citizens for Modern Transit)
  • Ian Thomas (America Walks): Ian Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks. In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them.
    From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO. During this time, he developed one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country, coordinated a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri, and was instrumental in reducing neighborhood speed limits.
    In 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance healthy and walkable community policies. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council.

Note: This is a stand-alone workshop for Summit participants who already understand advocacy basics and wish to engage more deeply in actual campaigns, going forward. It is also the second of a two-part series for those are new to advocacy – Part 1 is on Tues., 2:15 – 3:45 pm.

The Basics of Advocacy for Community Change (Skills-based Advocacy Training – Part 1)

Sign up for this training if you’re new to advocacy and you want to raise a community issue and provide input to decision-makers. Through presentations, small-group discussions, and role-play activities, you will learn how to cultivate a civic voice and impact public policy, regulations, and laws.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain, in general terms, what is meant by “advocacy”
  • Describe how advocates can influence values/culture leading to community change
  • Discuss the range of activities involved in advocacy, from simply showing up at a rally to understanding the policy levers that trigger a change in the law
  • Summarize components of a public policy advocacy campaign such as research, goal-setting, coalition-building, messaging, meeting with decision-makers, and utilizing data
  • Prepare arguments and counter-arguments for and against particular public policy proposals
  • Give examples of advocacy in other settings such as organizations and social groups

Facilitators:

  • Aimee Wehmeier (Paraquad): Aimee Wehmeier grew up in St. Charles, MO with a belief she could change the world. While attending the University of Missouri, she found a shared sense of culture and empowerment and, for the for the first time, didn’t feel ashamed of her disability. After advocating at the state level about her personal experiences, she realized the power of her voice. Currently Aimee is the President of Paraquad, one of the first grass roots advocacy Centers for Independent Living in the United States. To this day, Aimee believes that by working together and standing up for what you believe in, we can create meaningful policy change and make the world a better place.
  • Jacque Knight and Joanne Martin (CBB Transportation Engineers + Planners):Joanne is dedicated to creating innovative, long-lasting solutions to challenges facing the community’s transportation system for all modes of transportation. She first started developing her passion for transportation as an undergraduate student at Saint Louis University. Through her employment with transportation agencies in both the public and private sector, she has been able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the transportation industry from varying perspectives. Joanne has contributed to projects focusing on a wide variety of transportation network. Some of the projects in her career include Tower Grove East Neighborhood Study focused on improving walkability, Zumbehl Corridor Study focused on maintaining vehicular and pedestrian safety as traffic volumes grow, and I-270 North Design-Build project focused on improving mobility and safety for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders in St. Louis North County.
  • Ian Thomas (America Walks):Ian Thomas is a veteran of the walkable communities movement. He served on the America Walks Board of Directors for seven years, until his appointment as our State and Local Program Director in September, 2014.
    In 2000, he co-founded the PedNet Coalition of Columbia MO, and led the organization as its Executive Director for 13 years. Among several accomplishments, he coordinated the campaign to pass Columbia’s Complete Streets policy in 2004 – one of the earliest such policies in the U.S. In 2013, Ian was elected to the Columbia City Council, where he launched several new initiatives to expand healthy community policies, including an effort to expand the city’s bus system. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council.
    Ian and his wife, Ellen, a pediatrician, live in Columbia.

Note: This is a stand-alone workshop for Summit participants who are new to advocacy and who want to understand the basics. It is also the first of a two-part series for those who wish to engage more deeply in actual advocacy campaigns, going forward – Part 2 is on Weds., 10:45 am – 12:15 pm.

Closing Ceremony (12:30pm-1:00pm)

Featuring the Saint Louis Story Stitchers:

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

Collective artists work alongside twenty 16-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Saint Louis Story Stitchers are a resident organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation where members rehearse, present and perform in the Foundation’s first-class spaces. The Collective also maintains the Stitchers Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District for recording, editing and publishing. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence.

Morning Keynote (8am-9am): Writing the Next Chapter

After an afternoon of exploring the local area and hearing from inspiring panelists, this keynote session will challenge attendees to think about how their experience at the National Walking Summit-St. Louis can help make the St. Louis community (and all attendees’ communities) more walkable in the years to come. Attendees will hear from a panel of thought leaders on the opportunities they see to overcome barriers and build a future where every neighborhood can be navigated safely, comfortably and joyfully on foot, including an overview of inspiring pedestrian projects that are in process in St. Louis right now.

About the Moderator

Kea Wilson has more than ten years experience as a writer telling emotional, urgent and actionable stories that motivate average Americans to get involved in making their cities better places. She is also a novelist, cyclist, and affordable housing advocate. She lives in St. Louis, MO, and can be reached at kea@streetsblog.org.

 



About the Panel

Jacque Knight is a Transportation Planner with CBB. Jacque has a passion for promoting transportation systems that put people first and create walkable, vibrant and healthy communities. She works to support a better quality of life through projects that enhance active transportation and increase access to opportunity. She is a transportation planner at CBB Transportation. Recent and current projects include St. Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking, Bevo Great Streets, Collinsville Great Streets, and the Downtown St. Louis Multimodal Plan. Jacque serves as the chair for the Community Mobility Committee, an advisory committee for the City of St. Louis on items related to walking, biking, and micromobility issues. Jacque has a Master of Urban Planning, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, all from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Grace Kyung works at Urban Strategies, Inc. as a catalyst in changing how to plan for communities by applying a health and racial equity lens to develop healthy communities. To do this in a just way, she works alongside community members to recognize historical circumstances and the current conditions necessary to achieve equity. Grace is developing the Downtown East St. Louis Transformation Plan that’ll focus on housing, neighborhood, and people strategies to ensure all families are stable and thriving. Grace has received recognition and awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Missouri State APA, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the Transportation Research Board. She is also a core-organizer with the Untokening, which is comprised of advocates from diverse social and racial backgrounds who work in professional and personal capacities to advance equity in mobility and community development.

Scott Ogilvie works in the Planning and Urban Design Agency for the City of St. Louis. Prior to that he served on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for eight years. While being a champion for active transportation, he passed a number of pieces of legislation to improve the city’s non-motorized transportation amenities and policy. He also helped guide a number complete streets, traffic calming, and trail projects to completion. Outside of the transportation realm, he passed legislation limiting campaign donations in local elections, and participated in reform to the City’s tax incentive process. One of his proudest achievements was shepherding through the funding to resurface the badly deteriorated Penrose Park Velodrome, which reopened in 2019.

The Cortex District

The Cortex District is a rapidly growing mixed use office community and technology hub that grew from a former heavy industrial area in mid-town St. Louis. See how both new and repurposed buildings have been knit together under a comprehensive master planning process that includes a new light rail station and multi-use trail, and extensive new pedestrian infrastructure and active public space. While much has already been completed, ongoing planning will help connect the District to adjacent neighborhoods and bridge existing gaps in infrastructure. Cortex is a 10 minute light-rail trip from the front of Washington University.

About the Facilitator: Scott Ogilvie works in the Planning and Urban Design Agency for the City of St. Louis. Prior to that he served on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for eight years. While being a champion for active transportation, he passed a number of pieces of legislation to improve the city’s non-motorized transportation amenities and policy. He also helped guide a number complete streets, traffic calming, and trail projects to completion. He partnered with Trailnet in stopping St. Louis County’s South County Connector Highway project. Outside of the transportation realm, he passed legislation limiting campaign donations in local elections, and participated in reform to the City’s tax incentive process. One of his proudest achievements was shepherding through the funding to resurface the badly deteriorated Penrose Park Velodrome, which reopened in 2019.

Great Rivers Greenway St. Vincent Greenway walking tour with Girl Trek: Washington University to St. Vincent Greenway

Join us for a 4 mile round trip tour (via both transit and walking) and learn about GirlTrek’s best practices for a fun, inclusive and safe walk. This tour starts and ends at the Brown School of Social Work. We will ride one stop on the Skinker metrolink to St Vincent Greenway, then walk approximately one mile before turning around. The terrain is flat.

About the Faclitators

  • Deidre Brown has a passion for helping people be their best both academically and  physically.  She is a 2016 American Walks Walking College Fellow, a Trailnet Walk/Bike Ambassador, and has been a GirlTrek organizer since 2012.  Deidre promotes living an active lifestyle and acts as an advocate for making communities more livable and accessible for all.
    Additionally she is a founding member and President of the Riverview Gardens School District’s Foundation. She is an alumna and founding member and Treasurer of the Riverview Gardens High School Alumni Association.  She holds several degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science, a Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in System Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. Deidre has been employed with Boeing for 20 years.
  • Faye Paige Edwards is a community activist who has many roles. She is the Marketing Manager for AfricanAncestry.com, whose mission is to change the way African Americans seem themselves and Africa. She has been a Walking College Fellow and is now a mentor for America Walks. She also holds an BA, MA, MBA, Community Health Worker certification and NCBH Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor certification.
    She has been an Organizer for GirlTrek — now the largest behavioral health movement for African American women in the country  — since 2012 and is now on the GirlTrek National Advisory Council. She continues to grow the St Louis Metro GirlTrek Tteam, now more than 2,000 women committed to a daily 30 minute walk as radical act of self-care.
  • Sheryll Williams is Outreach Coordinator at Great Rivers Greenway. Great Rivers Greenway is developing a dynamic network of greenways that connect us to our rivers, parks and communities, and strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of the St. Louis region. Sheryll empowers people to explore how they can incorporate the greenways to ‘live life outside’ and enjoy nature.
    She will lead the walk on St. Vincent Greenway from campus via Metrolink to a neighborhood that has been transformed by the greenway. Participants will observe how the greenway meets varied transportation needs and connects people to nature.

Great Rivers Greenway Centennial Greenway Walking Tour with Girl Trek: Washington University to Delmar and Ackert Walkway

Join us for a 2.32 mile round trip tour on the Centennial Greenway and learn about GirlTrek’s best practices for a fun, inclusive and safe walk. This tour starts and ends at the Brown School of Social Work on the Washington University campus. We’ll follow the greenway across the campus, through the historic, tree-lined Parkview neighborhood to Delmar Loop / Ackert Walkway. The terrain is flat.

About the Facilitators

  • Deidre Brown has a passion for helping people be their best both academically and  physically.  She is a 2016 American Walks Walking College Fellow, a Trailnet Walk/Bike Ambassador, and has been a GirlTrek organizer since 2012.  Deidre promotes living an active lifestyle and acts as an advocate for making communities more livable and accessible for all.
    Additionally she is a founding member and President of the Riverview Gardens School District’s Foundation. She is an alumna and founding member and Treasurer of the Riverview Gardens High School Alumni Association.  She holds several degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science, a Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in System Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. Deidre has been employed with Boeing for 20 years.
  • Faye Paige Edwards is a community activist who has many roles. She is the Marketing Manager for AfricanAncestry.com, whose mission is to change the way African Americans seem themselves and Africa. She has been a Walking College Fellow and is now a mentor for America Walks. She also holds an BA, MA, MBA, Community Health Worker certification and NCBH Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor certification.
    She has been an Organizer for GirlTrek — now the largest behavioral health movement for African American women in the country  — since 2012 and is now on the GirlTrek National Advisory Council. She continues to grow the St Louis Metro GirlTrek Tteam, now more than 2,000 women committed to a daily 30 minute walk as radical act of self-care.
  • Sheryll Williams is Outreach Coordinator at Great Rivers Greenway, the public agency that is building a network of greenways to connect the region. Sheryll is an avid walker, public transit user and bicycle & pedestrian advocate. She promotes the benefits and raises awareness of the greenways at businesses, health fairs, expos, schools and festivals.
    She will lead the walk on the Centennial Greenway through campus to a nearby retail and residential community. Participants will experience how the greenway connects the communities and neighborhoods, provides transportation choices, promotes good health and improves economic vitality.

Experience Forest Park Though Its Network of Recreational Trails

This tour will highlight historic and contemporary aspects of one of the countries great urban parks. This casual walk will explore about 2.5 miles through the Park and view regional cultural attractions, sports facilities, recreational destinations and structures originally created for the 1904 World’s Fair.

About the Facilitator

John O’Gorman leads the ambitious fundraising operations for Forest Park Forever. Since joining Forest Park Forever in January 2012, O’Gorman has overseen the growth of the conservancy’s annual fundraising from $2.2 million to more than $3.2 million, as well as the successful completion of a $130 million capital and endowment campaign, the most ambitious in Forest Park history.

Prior to this role, O’Gorman was an executive with a national fundraising consultant firm. He served as counsel to civic, cultural, educational, healthcare and religious organizations throughout the Midwest and East Coast, managing transformational campaigns that raised more than $600 million for the firm’s clients.

O’Gorman is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and has served on its Programming board.

The Ville: Can Community-Based Tourism Revive Public Space in a Historic Black Community?

The Ville is a historic African-American community located in the heart of North St. Louis with a complicated history of triumph from forced segregation of the black community and deterioration from desegregation and divestment of The City of St. Louis. Despite its current distress, The Ville continues to house landmarks that memorialize an amazing story of perserverence and nuture community resilience that has recently led to initiatives that have inspired hopes of reinvigoration. Of those new initiatives, 4theVille, a cross-generational organization started by lifetime residents and young professional community activists, has begun to reclaim and leverage the history of the neighborhood as a galvanizer and catalyst for tourism and economic development. Join Aaron Williams from 4theVille and University of Minnesota Tourism Center Director Cynthia Messer for a tour of The Historic Ville and an introduction to community-based tourism planning.

A National Park Designed for Everyone

Recent renovations of the Gateway Arch National Park grounds increased accessibility for all visitors. This workshop will highlight those changes while exploring this unique landmark.

About the Faclitator:

Lonny Boring, Senior Project Manager, Great Rivers Greenway District: Lonny Boring is Senior Project Manager for Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis region’s park and trail agency. Since 2008, he has managed more than $150 million in greenway and infrastructure improvement projects.   He served as Great Rivers Greenway’s lead project manager for the public-private CityArchRiver partnership. This transformational project delivered major improvements to the Gateway Arch National Park including renovations to the historic landscape and expanded museum.   It also included the complete redesign and reconstruction of Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis.  He is currently working to complete the connection between the River des Peres Greenway and Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail.  Lonny earned a bachelor’s degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology and a master’s degree from the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University.

 

Show Me the Money

You can’t put a price tag on a good walk, but you can find ways to fund the instrastructure and programs that promote walkability. Learn strategies to employ existing funding sources to make your idea a reality.

About the Panel

Greg Harris has been Executive Director of Missouri Rock Island Trail since July 2015. The non-profit coalition of communities, businesses and individuals seeks to preserve the 191 mile former Rock Island Railroad corridor as a recreational trail. The first 47 miles opened in December, 2016 as part of Katy Trail State Park and the next 144 miles is being rail-banked.

Greg had retired from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO as Executive Director of Development after 17 years, working to secure major gifts and planned gifts. Before that, he was Campaign Director for United Way of the Ozarks in Springfield 10 years. He has worked at Walt’s Bike Shop in Columbia, MO, managed Sunshine Cycles in Springfield, MO and Coventry Cycles in Wichita, KS. Greg was a sales rep for Trek in its early years.

In the 1980’s, Greg was honored to volunteer with the late Darwin Hindman to secure endorsements in Springfield, MO for the Katy Trail. That led to serving on the Springfield-Greene County Park Board where Greg successfully proposed they preserve what is now the 35 mile Frisco High Line Trail to Bolivar, MO. That led to co-founding Ozark Greenways. He served a decade on the Trails Advisory Board for Missouri State Parks that awards $1.5 million per year for trails. Greg grew up in car-centric suburban St. Louis and enjoys walking or bicycling most days from his home in Rolla.

Where Can We Go From Here?

Walking is great but can only get you so far. By opening transit doors, communities can open doors to any number of opportunities for school, work, and play.

About the Panel

  • Jacque Knight is a Transportation Planner with CBB. Jacque has a passion for promoting transportation systems that put people first and create walkable, vibrant and healthy communities. She works to support a better quality of life through projects that enhance active transportation and increase access to opportunity. She is a transportation planner at CBB Transportation. Recent and current projects include St. Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking, Bevo Great Streets, Collinsville Great Streets, and the Downtown St. Louis Multimodal Plan. Jacque serves as the chair for the Community Mobility Committee, an advisory committee for the City of St. Louis on items related to walking, biking, and micromobility issues. Jacque has a Master of Urban Planning, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, all from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
  • Rodrigo Reis is Professor of Public Health at the Brown School, Washington University in Saint Louis,  and his research focuses on built and community environment and public health, with particular interest in community interventions for promoting physical activity, the effect of the built environment and active transportation on physical activity and health.

Power to the People

Community engagement strategies are critical in giving voice to those who know best what is needed to make their spaces active and engaged. Learn how to capture the on the ground perspective and work with community members in this session.

About the Panel

Phyllis Viola Boyd is an artist and urban strategist and currently serves as the Executive Director of Groundwork Indy, a non-profit organization that engages youth in community-based projects that equitably enhance environmental, economic, and social well-being.  Before joining Groundwork Indy, Phyllis practiced landscape architecture and urban planning in the for-profit sector, where her work focused on sustainable design and planning and supporting the efforts of diverse communities to transform their built environments into meaningful, relevant, and life-enhancing places.

Shaughnessy Daniels is the Community Engagement Manager at Great Rivers Greenway where she leads the agency’s efforts to gather critical input to guide planning and implementation for greenway projects. Shaughnessy’s career has been focused on strengthening communities and the people that live within them. She has a long history and broad range of experience in non-profit development, community and capacity and local civic efforts. Prior to joining Great Rivers Greenway Shaughnessy served as Vice President of Community Supports at St. Louis Arc, a local non-profit that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Vice President at Urban Strategies Inc., a national non-profit that provide social and economic supports families affected by broad-scale community redevelopment. Shaughnessy also served as Assistant to the President at St. Louis 2004, a citizen-based initiative to launch major regional revitalization projects.

Sheila Styron works as Blindness Low Vision specialist for The Whole Person, a center for independent living in Kansas City MO, and was the first person who is blind to have become certified as an ADA Coordinator and trainer. She served two terms as president of Guide Dog Users, Inc. and two terms as board chair of Learning Ally, in Los Angeles. Sheila is a strong advocate for eliminating barriers for people living with disabilities, promotes public transportation and worked with the Department of Justice on its revised definition of service animals. Sheila participated in designing accessible tours for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Nelson Atkins in Kansas City and provides accessible outdoor experiences for people who are blind and have low vision. Formerly a professional musician, Sheila enjoys playing the ukulele,yoga and cross-country skiing as well as pursuing adventures like swimming with dolphins and skydiving.

 

Land Use for Walkability

It takes more than infrastructure to create a walkable community. Explore how zoning and other policies and practices related to land-use can have a major impact on how our communities, move, act, and engage in this interactive breakout session.

About the Speaker: Heather Cole Zaccaro is the Program Manager for the National Complete Streets Coalition. They perform quantitative, qualitative, and spatial analysis to support the Coalition’s reports and resources. They also coordinate the Coalition’s ongoing technical assistance programs and co-author articles, case studies, and toolkits. Prior to joining Smart Growth America, they conducted research on health-related behaviors in New York City and Brazil. They hold a Master of Science in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in International Health from Georgetown University.

Places for People

There’s nothing better than seeing people enjoy their public spaces. Community activities of all types can be used to encourage physical activity, social engagement, and mental well-being.

 

About the Panel

Dr. Tom Schmid is Senior Advisor in the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, CDC. He serves as the CDC technical advisor to America Walks the nation’s premiere walking advocacy and action organization, to PAPREN, a consortium of university-based policy researchers and as a consultant to the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded effort to identify effective strategies to promote physical activity in poor and underserved minority youth in rural and other communities.

Mark Vogl is a project manager for planning at Great Rivers Greenway where he collaborates with district staff to expand the River Ring, a planned 600-mile system of parks, trails and greenways that will interconnect the St. Louis region. With a background in urban planning and landscape architecture, Mark is responsible for overseeing the planning and design of greenway projects within the District’s master plan. Prior to joining the district in 2013, Mark spent nearly twenty years with HOK and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. He studied Urban Design at Washington University and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

Aaron Williams is a community developer and organizer in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis where he serves on the board of the neighborhood community development corporation Northside Community Housing, Inc. and as a co-founder of 4theVille, a community-based tourism and arts organization. Through these organizations, he has developed several initiatives that emphasize community empowerment and community ownership of public spaces. Two of the more popular initiatives include Northside Trap Run, a hip-hop themed 5K that promotes healthy lifestyles and a healthy north St. Louis, and, The Heart of The Ville walking tours, historic tours that educate attendees about the legacy of the neighborhood while promoting more foot traffic.

The Future of Walkability Is Now

Micro-mobility is sweeping the nation in the form of escooters and bike share programs, but let’s not let this distract from the original form of transportation- walking! Explore issues surrounding walkability and these new forms of transportation as we discuss what we want for the future of our communities.

Active Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations

People need places to go and healthy ways to get there. A holistic view of community planning creates this and has a wide range of positive impacts on the design of a place.

About the Panel

Holly Moskerintz, Community Programs Outreach Manager, National Association of REALTORS® Holly plans and manages programs to enhance, revitalize and build communities to make them better places to live.  She has been at NAR for over 11 years and has worked on NAR’s Smart Growth, including Placemaking and Walkable Communities, and Housing Opportunities Programs.

Nate Johnson is the President of Real Estate Solutions and works in an Agent Development role, coaching and training agents at Redkey Realty Leaders in St. Louis, MO. Nate served as the 2018 President of the Missouri Association of REALTORS and is the 2020 NAR Liaison for Public & Federal Issues. Nate instructs classes and speaks to groups around the country on a variety of topics including Smart Growth, Fair Housing, Ethics, Business Development & Leadership.

The Bottom Line

Walking is good for your health and the health of your community. Explore ways that investment into walkable communiites is changing the shape and livability of our places.

About the Panel

DARA ESKRIDGE, LEED AP ND, is the Executive Director of Invest STL, a regional initiative to prioritize and support equitable community development in St. Louis. Leading Invest STL, Eskridge directs grantmaking to support neighborhood-based, resident-driven community change. Working with the local philanthropic network, government, banks and universities, she seeks to build a broad coalition of community partners to re-establish the community development ecosystem in St. Louis, centered on policy creation that advances racial equity, civic participation and economic mobility.

Prior to Invest STL, Dara served as Director of Operations for Urban Strategies, a national nonprofit that works with residents, grassroots organizations, local governments and developers to re-build distressed urban core communities into vibrant residential neighborhoods. In addition to overseeing USI’s St. Louis portfolio and team, she led economic development and community engagement for the $30M federal Near North Side Choice Neighborhood initiative in St. Louis. Additionally, Ms. Eskridge formerly served as Senior Planner for the St. Louis County Executive’s Office of Strategy + Innovation where she helped direct regional strategic initiatives, community strategy development and performance measurement for government operations. Previous roles also include serving as a community planner, policy specialist and urban designer with St. Louis County Planning, City of St. Louis Homeless Services and the Bridgeport Housing Authority in Connecticut.

Eskridge earned her graduate degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York and her Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is a LEED Accredited Professional for Neighborhood Development.

John O’Gorman leads the ambitious fundraising operations for Forest Park Forever. Since joining Forest Park Forever in January 2012, O’Gorman has overseen the growth of the conservancy’s annual fundraising from $2.2 million to more than $3.2 million, as well as the successful completion of a $130 million capital and endowment campaign, the most ambitious in Forest Park history.

Prior to this role, O’Gorman was an executive with a national fundraising consultant firm. He served as counsel to civic, cultural, educational, healthcare and religious organizations throughout the Midwest and East Coast, managing transformational campaigns that raised more than $600 million for the firm’s clients.

O’Gorman is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and has served on its Programming board.

Ward 8 Walk & Talk (11:30am – 1:30pm)

The CWC is helping to lead the Ward 8 Walk and Talk as apart of the National Walking Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 28th! We will meet at Barry Farms at 11:30am for a brief introduction, walk to St. Elizabeth’s Rise Demonstration Center for discussions and lunch. Please join us for an important conversation about walking as exercise and walkability of Ward 8.

WHEN
WHERE
Barry Farm Recreation Center – 1230 Sumner Road Southeast Washington, DC 20020

Learn more and register here! 

Annual Meeting for the National Physical Activity Society (8am – 11:45am)

Networking, discussion, and presentations on current activities of importance to people working on public health approaches to physical activity. Speakers will address working with local officials and the roles of various sectors in collaborating to create active communities. Open invitation as space allows.

Moderator:  Mark Stoutenberg, PhD, MSPH
Vice President, NPAS
University of Miami Assistant Professor
Program Officer for Exercise Is Medicine

Speakers:

  • Elena Hoffnagle, National League of Cities (featured presentation)
  • Brian Coyle, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • Christopher Danley, Vitruvian Planning transportation design planning services
  • Hillary Hanson, Flathead City-County Health Department, Montana
  • Suzanne Kelley, Vermont Department of Health

 

American Hiking Society: Hike the National Mall

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Did you know that the National Mall here in Washington, D.C., is a unit of the National Park Service? Join Peter Olsen with the American Hiking Society and a National Park Service ranger for a walk in this urban park and learn about urban hiking initiatives and cultural/historic interpretation. You can even download the free NPS National Mall app for your phone to add an extra dimension of fun.  This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Limited to 25 participants

Led by Peter Olsen, National Park Service ranger, American Hiking Society

Chi Walking: A Mindful Approach to Walking

Friday October 30, 7am – 8am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Basic instruction on how to transform your walking into a mindful practice, focusing on injury-prevention, energy-efficiency, range of motion and core strengthening. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Danny Dreyer, President and co-founder of ChiLiving®, Inc.

Limited to 50 participants

Get ’em Walking; Keep ’em Walking

Friday October 30, 7am – 8am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Discover creative programming ideas to turn people onto walking, and keep them walking, by making it fun and effective.  Learn how to lead walks with participants of various fitness levels and techniques to improve performance. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Presentation and walk led by Michele Stanten, Walking Coach/Fitness Instructor and writer of my walkingcoach.com

Limited to 25 participants

Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Cash and Community Engagement

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Crowdfunding is expected to raise over $10 billion in 2015, and is getting a lot of buzz these days. Join ioby to hear how this versatile fundraising tool can help walking advocates increase their funding and grow community engagement. ioby is a national, nonprofit crowdfunding platform designed to support community-led, neighbor-funded projects. Their vision of ‘crowd-resourcing’ makes it relevant to a wide variety of walking advocates from the sectors of public health, community development, philanthropy and more. Through real-life case studies of successfully-funded projects, this session will give attendees a firm understanding of when and how to use crowdfunding effectively.

Presented by Ethany Uttech, Partnerships Manager, ioby (in our back yards)

Presentation:  Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Cash and Community Engagement

USDOT, Federal Highway Administration Resources and Research that Supports Walking

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

FHWA will share information on resources, funding opportunities, and programs and policies that support walking. The session will also engage attendees in a discussion on FHWA’s Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. Attendees will provide feedback to help FHWA carry out this research.

Moderator: Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Transportation Alternatives Program / Recreational Trails Program, Federal Highway Administration

Panelists:

  • Shana V Baker, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Human Environment Livability Team Leader
  • Dan Goodman, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Human Environment Livability Team

Presentations

Dealing with Those Bike People

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

Randy will share his insights into the role of walking within the evolution of active transportation advocacy.  He’ll explore the tensions and synergies between cycling and walking efforts with a view to what is and will be most effective ways to build power to win change in our multi-modal design and funding decisions.  Scott Bricker will add his perspective and together, Scott and Randy will engage participants in a directed discussion.  You will leave with actionable next steps and some guidance on employing the bike people in your quest.

Moderators:

  • Randy Neufeld, Director of the SRAM Cycling Fund
  • Scott Bricker, Executive Director, America Walks

Nowhere to Go and All Day to Get There (2:15pm – 3:45pm)

Thursday October 29, 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Join Misty Tripoli, founder of The World GROOVE Movement, for this relaxed, intuitive stroll with nothing to accomplish. Just a yummy combination of mindfulness activities, great conversation and absolutely nowhere to be. Let’s see where the road takes us. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

 

Netwalking® (10:15am – 11:15am)

Thursday October 29, 10:15am – 11:15am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please click on one of the links below to register. 

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your netwalk, you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side.
This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Netwalking® 1 – Walk with Vanessa Garrison Vanessa is a national inspirer and leader, co-founder of GirlTrek which is pioneering a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership and health advocacy. Please Click Here to Register

Netwalking® 2 – Walk with Ken Rose Ken is the Acting Branch Chief of the CDC Physical Activity and Health Program Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Ken is a long-time leader of connecting public health issues with the built environment. Please Click Here to Register

Each Netwalking® Session is limited to 12 participants

Netwalking® (4pm – 5pm)

Thursday October 29, 4pm – 5pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please click on the links below to register.

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your Netwalk®, you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side. These activities will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Netwalking® 5 – Chip Johnson Mayor Chip Johnson is serving his third term for the City of Hernando, Mississippi. Chip is a spokesperson for community health and quality of life initiatives around the nation, especially those that can be undertaken by local governments. Chip is a member of the America Walks Board of Directors. Please Click Here to Register

Each Netwalking® Session is limited to 12 participants.

Netwalking® (2:15pm – 3:15pm)

Thursday October 29, 2:15pm – 3:15pm 

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please click on one of the links below to register.

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your netwalk, you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side. These activities will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Netwalking® 3 with Dr. Bob Sallis Dr. Sallis  is a family physician and sports medicine expert, who encourages his patients to take charge of their health by exercising. Dr. Sallis, who has a busy practice with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, prescribes walking as a front line medication to his patients to put them on the path to better health. Please Click Here to Register

Each Netwalking® session is limited to 12 participants

Netwalking® (10:30am – 12pm)

Netwalking®  – organized 60 minute walk featuring leaders and up to 10 participants 

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your Netwalk®, you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side.

 

Netwalking (7am – 8am)

Netwalking®  – organized 60 minute walk featuring leaders and up to 10 participants 

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your netwalk® , you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side.

 

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Communications Training (1pm – 4:30pm) Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Wednesday October 28th, 1pm – 4:30pm

We are happy to announce an intensive 3-hour communications training on talking about walking in ways that compel and engage the public. The training, based on research and tools developed by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative with the Metropolitan Group, will teach you how to:

  • Use research-based messages and make them your own with local facts and stories
  • Work with the media to get your message out and motivate people to walk and demand walkable environments
  • Continue building the walking movement by training future communicators with a set of tools designed to use the Every Body Walk! Communication messages.

This session will include teaching, discussion, activities and some on-camera practice for a lucky few! Training spots are limited, so we ask that you fill out a short survey on how you will use the training to build the walking movement’s message. This session required pre-registration and is currently full.

Walk the Hill Day Meetings (12:00pm – 5pm)

Wednesday October 28, 12:00pm-5pm

Walk the Hill day continues on Capitol Hill with Congressional meetings. Use the training and resources learned in the morning workshop to deliver our message to Congressional offices.

Led by Heidi Simon, America Walks

Connecting Data and Decisions: Recent Research and Data Sources for Walking Advocacy – Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Most planners and advocates do not have direct access to peer-reviewed journals that publish research. This session will provide a mini-course for those who want an update on the latest from the scientific community on walking. This event will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health.

Moderator: Tracy Hadden Loh, Ph.D. Research Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Panelists:

  • Charles Matthews, Investigator, National Cancer Institute
  • Heidi Coleman, Chief of Behavioral Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Megan Trusdell, Program Assistant, New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence Coordinating Center

Netwalking® (9am – 10am)

Friday October 30, 9am – 10am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required, Please Click One of the Links Below to Register.

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your netwalk® , you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking®  incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side. These activities will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Netwalking® 7 –  Marla Hollander, Marla is the National Partnerships Manager for the Voices for Healthy Kids project at the American Heart Association. Her work and passion includes healthy community design, strategic planning, program development and social marketing. Please Click Here to Register

Netwalking® 8 with Barbara McCann Barbara is the Director, Office of Safety, Energy and Environment at the US Department of Transportation. Barbara oversees the Department’s strategic planning process and sets departmental policy on performance management and program evaluation in the areas of safety, livability and economic development. Barbara authored “Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks” and was the founding Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Please Click Here to Register

Each Netwalking® session is limited to 12 participants

Closing Plenary “Bring It Home” by Ron Sims

Friday October 30, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Ron Sims, a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental and social equity issues, will close the Summit by urging us to take what we’ve learned back to our own communities. Ron’s leadership includes serving as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. Prior to his appointment at HUD, Sims served for 12 years as the elected Executive of Martin Luther King, Jr. County in Washington State, the 13th largest county in the nation with 1.8 million residents and 39 cities including the cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond. As County Executive, Sims was nationally recognized for his work on the integration of environmental, social equity and public health policies that produced groundbreaking work on climate change, health care reform, affordable housing, mass transit, environmental protection, land use, and equity and social justice. For more on Mr. Sims, please visit our Keynote Speakers Page.

50ec3f_2fdd95e1d77a4a87ba194bd780cedf9a.jpg_srz_p_350_414_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzRon Sims is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental and social equity issues. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, Sims serves as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board. The board is responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. Mr. Sims also serves on the Board of Regents, the university’s governing body, of Washington State University and the Board of Directors of the Washington Health Alliance, formerly the Puget Sound Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization he helped found where employers, physicians, hospitals, patients, health plan providers and others from throughout the region come together to improve health care quality.

 Sims served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009-2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims managed the day-to-day operations of an agency with 8,500 employees and an operating budget of nearly $40 billion.

Prior to his appointment at HUD, Sims served for 12 years as the elected Executive of Martin Luther King, Jr. County in Washington State, the 13th largest county in the nation with 1.8 million residents and 39 cities including the cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond. As County Executive, Sims was nationally recognized for his work on the integration of environmental, social equity and public health policies that produced groundbreaking work on climate change, health care reform, affordable housing, mass transit, environmental protection, land use, and equity and social justice.

Getting Fit with Social Media

Friday October 30 9am – 10:30am 

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

This workshop will demonstrate how technology and social media can engage and encourage people to walk and bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds, leveraging readily available technology on a number of platforms. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Kuti Mack, Master Fitness Trainer and BYBD Wellness Fitness Consultant: Founder of www.BeYourBestDaily.com, Raymond Holmes, Founder and Director of Quintessence Institute, Joseph Brent, Fitiverse Founder, and Michel Edwards, Fitiverse Advisor.

Limited to 30 Participants

 

Walk Listen and Learn with the Walking Classroom

Friday October 30, 9am – 10:30am 

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Participants will be introduced to the award-winning Walking Classroom, a nonprofit  program that improves the physical, mental and academic health of students by getting  them walking, listening and learning during the school day. Participants will then “test-drive” the program themselves and enjoy a 15-minute walk. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Laura Fenn, Creator and Excutive Director of The Walking Classroom

Site Visits, Walking Tours and Safety Audits

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

Start with an interactive discussion about easy, fun and effective strategies for raising awareness of challenges facing people who walk and ways they can improve them. We’ll also talk about road safety audits and walking tours. Both can be great ways to develop partnerships, document needs and inspire government agencies to make commitments.   After that, we’ll take a walking tour that enables participants to experience challenges that most people would miss if they were viewing conditions via google maps or windshield surveys. While walking, we’ll identify problems, recommend solutions, and talk about next steps and challenges to moving from recommendations into reality.

This session has a Walk& Talk component, please dress for outdoor activity.

Led by Sally Flocks,  President and CEO, PEDS, and George Branyan, Pedestrian Coordinator, DC Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Is Vision Zero Right for My Community? A Hands on Session to Assess

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

Sure, Vision Zero sounds good…but is it the right strategy for my community? Is the timing right? Who should lead the efforts? Join us for a hands-on session to work through these questions and more. Active participation is a must. And we promise to make it worth your while!

Moderator: Leah Shahum, Director, Vision Zero Network

Round Table Facilitators:

  • Robert Ping, Technical Assistance Program Manager, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
  • Kari Schlosshauer, Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Melody Geraci, Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago

Foundations and Funders of Walkability

Hundreds of local organizations are working to make communities more walkable and increase walking, however traditionally there has been limited funding to support them. Hear from pioneering funders that investing in community campaigns and strategize on how your campaign could also be funded.

A Walk to the Park: Improving Walkability to and Through Parks

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

Safe routes to parks provide more opportunity to engage in physical activity and greater access to open space. Nevertheless, there are several physical and social barriers that often make walking to parks difficult and undesirable, such as proximity to parks, lack of infrastructure, crime and traffic safety concerns. These barriers are a result of engineering, zoning, land use and design trends that have existed for the past 50 years. During this interactive session, leaders from the planning and park professions will share their efforts to work collaboratively to improve the built environment and create more walkable communities.

Moderator: Zarnaaz Bashir, Director, Health Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

Panelists: 

  • Alissa Turtletaub, Park Planner III, Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
  • Anna Ricklin, AICP, Manager, American Planning Association
  • Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A, LCI, Healthy Places Program Coordinator, Columbus Public Health

Presentations

The Transformational Power of Safe Routes for Seniors

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

AARP experts will discuss transportation and mobility issues for aging adults and how to use the new AARP Livability Index. Then take a deeper dive into three California communities that are working on Safe Routes to Seniors programs, effectively making walking conditions safer for older adults through these campaigns.

Moderator and Panelist: Jana Lynott, AICP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute

Panelists: 

  • Jaime Fearer, AICPPlanning & Policy Manager, California Walks
  • Jim Stone, Executive Director, Circulate San Diego
  • Erisy Watt, Project Director, COAST

Additional Resources

Engaging the Medical Community in the Walking Movement

Friday October 30, 9:00 – 10:30am

How the medical community can get people to reap the health benefits of walking and motivate their patients to get moving.  Featured program initiatives include Walk with a Doc, Physical Activity as a Vital Sign, best practice strategies for reaching practicing clinicians, and a collaborative effort to incorporate lifestyle medicine into standard medical practice.

Moderator: Tom Richards, Director of Corporate Engagement at American Council on Exercise

Panelists:

  • David Sabgir, MD, FACC, Founding CEO of Walk with a Doc, Board Certified Cardiologist, Mount Carmel Health System
  • Dr. Bob Sallis, MD, FACSM, Co-Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship; Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center; UC Riverside School of Medicine
  • Edward Phillips, MD, Founder and Director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in the Department of Physical Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Jason Matuszak, MD, FAAFP, Chief of Sports Medicine, Excelsior Orthopaedics

Presentations

Safe Routes: Starting with Schools and Inspiring Healthy Communities (Includes Breakfast) – Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Friday October 30, 8am – 10:15am

Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Please click here to register.

This event will be held at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and includes full breakfast.

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health
700 2nd St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Learn about the successful programs that increase walking and physical activity among children and families and how to work with schools to encourage these efforts. Limited to 45 participants.

Moderator: Beth Richards, Development and Marketing Director of Safe Routes to School National Partnership

 Panelists

  • Sherie Moore CPD, ALSA, APA, Safe Routes to School and Traffic Safety Coordinator, Clark County School District
  • Brenda Sheridan, National PTA Board of Directors
  • Charlene R. Burgeson, CAE, Executive Director, Let’s Move Active  Schools, Partnership for a Healthier America

 

After Hours Move & Groove (Cities Lounge 9pm-1am)

Thursday October 29, 9:00pm – 1am

Cap off your day with the best way to network – have fun, let off steam, and dance. Get your groove on at the Cities Lounge with combined DJ and Live Music, make lasting bonds and jump around. Featuring Misty Tripoli, one of the World’s most innovative and engaging teachers, choreographers, body Image truth talkers and mind/body specialists. Learn more about Misty on our Keynote Speakers Page.

Evening Program: An Evening of Stories (Cities Lounge 7:30pm – 9pm)

Thursday October 29, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Join us and emcee Misty Tripoli, Creator of the GROOVE Method and Founder of the World GROOVE Movement, at the Cities Lounge for an evening program of stories for leaders from the field. Get inspired, motivated, and energized from engaging and lively advocates who have challenged their communities and succeeded in increasing walking and making America a great place to walk. Learn more about Misty Tripoli on our Keynote Speakers page.

This storytelling event will give you a variety of perspectives on strategies to increase walking in your community. Whether increasing your health, making your community a more inviting place to walk, or even looking at the benefits your community will get with more people walking, the stories are sure to leave you inspired to create change in your own community.

Featured Stories

  • Nicole Ferrara: Personal Stories that Make Change (Executive Director, Walk San Francisco)
  • Christy Kwan: Walking Advocacy Wins (​Programs & Outreach Director, Alliance for Biking and Walking)
  • Michael Schatzki: The No Sweat Couch Potato Recovery Program (​Recovering Couch Potato, Author, MPA)
  • Vanessa Garrision A Fannie Lou in Every Community: How GirlTrek is Activating Black Women to be Changemakers (Co-founder, GirlTrek)
  • Matt Tomasulo: Walk [Your City] (Founder and Chief Civic Instigator, Walk [Your City])
  • Andy Peri: Rockin the Nation- Deb Hubsmith’s Passion and Legacy  (Sustainable Transportation Advocate)

Exploring Walking from a Woman’s Point of View

Thursday October 29, 4pm-5:30pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

A conversation addressing women’s concerns about walking and how to take into account the gender differences when planning and designing the pedestrian environment. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Presentation and walk led by Jessica Tunon, founder of Netwalking® and Sharon Bauer, consultant and advocate.

Limited to 15 participants

Turning Grief into Action: Powerful Advocates for Vision Zero

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Far too many people experience the loss and trauma of traffic violence in our country. Some inspiring members of our community are turning that grief into action through on-the ground advocacy for safe streets. Learn the inspiring stories of their increasingly powerful and successful efforts.

Moderator: Mark Plotz, Program Director, National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Panelists:              

  • Judith Kottick, Founding member, Families for Safe Streets, NYC
  • Amy Cohen, Founding members of Families for Safe Streets, NYC
  • Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Presentations:

Engaging Diverse Communities Through Advocacy

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Walkable communities benefit all ages, ethnicities and abilities. Learn about three innovative programs that successfully engaged diverse communities to advocate for walking.

Moderator: Robert Ping, echnical Assistance Program Manager, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute

Panelists

  • Wendy Alfsen, Executive Director, California Walks
  • Joan Cook, Special Projects Manager, Health by Design
  • Gosia Kung, Founder and Executive Director, WalkDenver
  • Zelia Gonzales, Youth Leader, California Walks
  • MariaJose Diaz Ayon, Youth Leader, California Walks

Presentations

Using Innovative Technology Tools to Advocate for Improved Walkway Infrastructure:

Featuring two new and unique GIS tools to assess walkability and the walkway network, promote utilitarian and leisure walking, and support local advocacy efforts.

Moderator: Steve Hooker

Presenters:

  • Ellen Vanderslice, M. Arch., Volunteer, Oregon Walks
  • J. Scott Parker, M. Eng.,  Volunteer, Oregon Walks

  • Chad V. Tucker, B.A., Volunteer, Oregon Walks
  • Bernardita Calinao, PhD, CEO, WALKspan

Creating Age-Friendly Cities: Empowering and Involving Older Adults

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

The session will describe, discuss and brainstorm tested, effective and fun ways to engage seniors in advocating for walking improvements. We will then look at the actions of senior residents in two communities and how they are improving the walkability of their neighborhoods. Leave with tools to recruit and engage seniors into the walking movement.

Moderator: Jeanne Anthony, Sr. Project Manager, Education & Outreach, AARP Livable Communities

Panelists:

  • Ivory Craig, Associate State Director, AARP Mississippi
  • Andrea Bozarth, Associate State Director, AARP Kansas
  • Wendy Landman, Executive Director, WalkBoston

Healing the Nation – Walking and Talking – Solutions and Partners for Safer and Healthier Communities

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

All of us deserve the freedom to walk in our communities– to access basic needs and for benefits including health. Learn how Seattle and Louisville are implementing innovative multi-disciplinary programs across community members, police officers, doctors, patients, and medical staff.  Hear how these multi-sector partnerships are employing a medical center and proven crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) principles to increase safety and build community cohesion.

Moderator: Rosemary Agostini, Founder and Past Chief Activity, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Group Health Cooperative

Panelists:

  • SteVon Edwards, MPH, Community Health Specialist, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and America Walks Vice-Chair
  • Officer Robert Cambronero, Community Police Team, South Precinct, Seattle Police Dept.
  • Lieutenant Adrian Z. Diaz, Community Outreach Section, Seattle Police Department
  • Dr. Kim Holland MD, Rainier Clinic, Group Health Cooperative
  • Betty Wills, Medical Assistant, Rainier Clinic, Group Health Cooperative
  • Teri Lindsay, Medical Assistant, Rainier Clinic, Group Health Cooperative

Presentations: 

Technology and Program Solutions to Get People Walking and Keep them Going

Thursday October 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Learn about programs that utilize technology to promote walking and connect people in the community and in the workplace. These tools leverage social media, an environment of personal and group challenges, and engage audiences that include city officials.

Moderator: Michele Stanten, Author of Walk Off Weight, MyWalkingCoach.com

Panelists

  • Dan Popovic, Founder of cMEcompete, Community Heath Director – Atlanta BeltLine
  • Robert E. Graham, MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACPDirector of integrative Health and Wellness, NorthShore LIJ Health System

Walking is for Everyone: Ensuring Access for All, Part II (2:15pm – 3:45pm)

Thursday October 29, 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Come spend some time outside walking and looking at features of the sidewalks and street crossings from a different perspective. Learn through experience how to assess features of the pedestrian environment for accessibility for and usability by older adults and people with disabilities. Small groups will assess sidewalks and intersections for accessibility for people with disabilities using a path of travel checklist, and discuss good and bad features and potential solutions to problems. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Attending the morning session, which can be found here, will be helpful but not essential.

Led By:

  • Tim Gilbert, San Rafael Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Janet M. Barlow, President, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Accessible Design for the Blind
  • Ken Thompson, Veterans Dialogue and Technical Assistance Specialists,  Easter Seals Transportation Group
  • Dennis Cannon, Transportation Accessibility Specialist, Synergy, LLC

Walkabout through Arlington County’s Shirlington Neighborhood – Virginia’s First Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community (2:15pm – 5:15pm)

Thursday October 29, 2:15pm – 5:15pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Participate in a walking case study to explore how Arlington County has brought this livable urban village into being and be inspired by replicable examples of groundbreaking pedestrian safety solutions pioneered by local planners and developers. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Lauren Hassel, Outreach and Promotions Manager, WalkArlington, Dennis Leach, Director of Transportation, Arlington County, David Goodman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Arlington County, David Patton, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, Arlington County

Limited to 35 people

 

PlayStreets: Repurposing Streets for Play

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

PlayStreets is an initiative that reclaims and redefines public space by temporarily closing streets to auto traffic and creating ‘pop-up play spaces’ for youth and adults. In the same way that Open Streets events advance the walking environment, PlayStreets changes the conversation around what streets should be used for, and who they should primarily serve. By literally letting kids ‘play in the street’, this initiative helps shift the paradigm that defines streets as car-only spaces that are hostile to pedestrians, and allows residents to experience them as valuable public places that can enhance rather than detract from community livability.

In this session, you will learn about: the history of PlayStreets; the recent renaissance of the PlayStreets movement in places including Chicago and Seattle; different models of PlayStreets programs; and lessons learned from practitioners. This session will also include interactive demonstrations of group play activities that are appropriate for a ‘street’ setting.

Join us for this vibrant workshop!

Moderator: Surili Patel, Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health, Center for Public Health Policy , American Public Health Association

Panelists

  • Melody Geraci, Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance
  • Seth Geiser, Public Space Specialist, Street Use, City of Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Bryan McCormick, New England Account Manager, Playworks

Presentations

Walkability Success-o-meter: How to Lead, Measure and Fund Community Change (2:15pm – 5:15pm) Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Thursday October 29, 2:15p -5:15p

No pre-registration required; just walk on over!

In this interactive workshop, you will learn and practice how to convene and leverage relationships to gather and unite collaborative partners around a shared vision and shared measures for action and change, including improved health outcomes. Learn about innovative funding strategies and evaluation metrics to keep these projects going. This session will feature case studies including Eat. Play. Live… Better, NJ; LiveWell Colorado Springs; and from advocacy organizations within the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

Moderator: Christy Kwan, Programs & Outreach Director with the Alliance for Biking & Walking and Advocacy Advance

Panelists:

  • Aubrey Day, Strategy CoordinatorLiveWell Colorado Springs
  • Erin Bunger, Senior Research Associate, Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services (CREEHS),  Montclair State University 

re:Streets: Rethinking Streets to Promote Walking (2:15pm – 5:15pm) Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Thursday October 29, 2:15p – 5:15p

No pre-registration required; just walk on over!

Learn the most innovative approach to street design from cities around the world and how to re-imagine streets so they promote walking, community interaction, play and sustainability. Participate in an interactive design charrette to apply your knowledge to prototypical streets and to bring these skills home. This is a 2.5-hour workshop and will be held at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Mukul Malhotra, Director of Urban Design, MIG

Using Innovative Technology Tools to Advocate for Improved Walkway Infrastructure

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Featuring two new and unique GIS tools to assess walkability and the walkway network, promote utilitarian and leisure walking, and support local advocacy efforts.

Moderator: Ellen Vanderslice, M. Arch., Volunteer, Oregon Walks

Presenters:

  • J. Scott Parker, M. Eng., Volunteer, Oregon Walks

  • Chad V. Tucker, B.A., Volunteer, Oregon Walks
  • Bernardita Calinao, PhD, CEO, WALKspan

Presentations:

How Pedestrians Can be the Smartest Folks in the Room

Show Me the Money: Finding the Funding for Pedestrian Improvements

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Highlights creative funding strategies at the state and local levels to find or leverage funding, including how to make your case employing social media and funding techniques.

Moderator: Molly O’Reilly, Board Member, America Walks

Panelists:

  • Wendy Alfsen, Executive Director, California Walks
  • Ellen Zavisca, Transportation Planner, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
  • Jill Locantore, Policy and Program Director, Walk Denver

Presentations

Data & Partnerships: Crucial Building Blocks Toward Walkability

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Solid data and strong partnerships are becoming increasingly important in our work to ensure great places for walking. What have communities done to gather and make the most of data? And how do (sometimes unlikely) partnerships further the cause? Join us with your ideas and questions.

Moderator:  Michelle Teng, MPH, Project Manager Lead, Kaiser Permanente

Panelists: 

  • Elizabeth Thompson, Principal Planner, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Eric McAndrew, President and Creative Director, McAndrew Company
  • Stacey Beuttell, Program Director, WalkBoston
  • Krystian Boreyko, Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security-Highway Safety Division

Presentations

 

Walking and the Environmental Movement – Joined at the Hip?

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

The environmental movement in America has many shared objectives with walking and walkability advocates. Mode shift away from cars reduces air emissions, and reducing suburban sprawl means both compact communities that are scaled for walkability and less pressure to develop natural landscapes. To build greater collaboration between the environmental and walkability movements, environmental experts working at the intersection of transportation and urban sustainability will engage with conference participants to discuss how our movements can work together. Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston (whose work is funded by and focused on climate change, public health and transportation issues) will moderate. Deron Lovaas (NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council), John Olivieri (US PIRG), and Kevin Mills (Rails to Trails Conservancy) will discuss.

Moderator: Wendy Landman, Executive Director, WalkBoston

Panelists:

  • John Olivieri, 21st Century Transportation, National Campaign Director, United States Public Interest Research Group
  • Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President of Policy and Trail Development, Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • Deron Lovaas, Director, Federal Transportation Policy, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Collaboration Between State Health and Transportation Departments to Prioritize Walking – Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

State Health and Transportation Departments can work together in a variety of ways to support local communities working to become more walkable.  Strategies include joint technical assistance programs, coordination on complete streets and other policies, and development of state pedestrian plans. Learn about state-level collaboration to prioritize walking, with case studies showcasing two different approaches in Minnesota and Kentucky. This event will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health.

Moderators: Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks and Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces

Panelists

  • Shellie Wingate, Healthy Communities Program Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Amber Dallman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation (former Physical Activity Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health)
  • Jasna Hadzic, Transportation Planner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Cindy Zerger, Planner/Designer, Toole Design Group

Presentation

Collaboration Between State Health and Transportation Departments to Prioritize Walking – Held at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Creating Age-Friendly, Walkable Communities– It isn’t as simple as one Foot in Front of the Other

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Walking is great for everyone’s health and walking among older adults is especially popular.  In this session you will hear the latest research on how the existing infrastructure in most communities has adverse impacts on the basic mobility of aging adults, and the challenges faced by older adults who want to travel safely by foot. You will also hear about the attitudes and behaviors of older adults concerning walking based on a nationally-representative survey of all adult Americans.  Then hear case studies from Brownsville, Texas and New York City where multiple sectors are working to make the community more walkable, especially for seniors.

Moderator: Chip Johnson, Mayor, Hernando, MS

Panelists:

  • William Milczarski, Ph.D., Department of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College –CUNY
  • Peter Tuckel, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Hunter College – CUNY
  • Arturo Rodriguez, MPH, Director of Public Health, Brownsville, Texas
  • Jesse Mintz-Roth, MUP, Senior Project Manager, New York City Department of Transportation

Presentations

Community-Based Success to Build Equity for Walking

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Walking success stories of Detroit, Savannah, and Rochester that have overcome obstacles to address health disparities in programs and the built environment to promote walking and improve access to walking for a variety of under-served populations.

Moderator: Liz Thorstensen, Vice President, Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails conservancy

Panelists:

  • Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah
  • Virginia Dick, Evaluator, Healthy Savannah
  • Candice A. Lucas, MBA , Director, Community Health Services, URMC Center for Community Health
  • Cindy Gamboa, Project Coordinator, Healthy Environments Partnership
  • Jacquelyn Coats, Educator/Evaluator, Healthy Environments Partnership, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Presentations

Creating Community and Promoting Walking One Step at a Time

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

This session features three programs to build healthy inclusive communities through programs aimed at removing barriers to walking and connecting people, place and community.

Moderator and Panelist: Lisa Quinn, Executive Director, Feet First

Panelists

  • Allison Hoit Tubbs, Senior Information Specialist, National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability (NCHPAD)
  • Amy Rauworth, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, Lakeshore Foundation
  • Rachel Hultin, Community Program Director, Walk2Connect
  • Saoirse Charis-Graves, Founder, Golden Walks

Keynote Address (12:15pm – 1:45pm – Lunch Provided)

Thursday October 29, 12:15 – 1:45pm

We are pleased that America’s Doctor, United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, will deliver the keynote speech at Thursday’s lunch. Hear firsthand about his recently release Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities and how he is urging America to Step It Up! Dr. Murthy will be followed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who will speak about his commitment to creating safe and accessible walking conditions for every American. Lunch will be provided.

Playing Along the Way

Thursday October 29, 10:15am – 11:45am 

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

A demonstration of ways to provide creative ways for kids to participate in playful behavior while walking to parks, schools and other destinations. This includes a presentation and walking tour. This activity will meet in the hotel lobby and take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Maggie Cooper, City Initiatives Manager, KaBOOM! and Naudy Martinez, Grants Manager, KaBOOM!

Creating Passionate, Confident and Creative Walking Advocates

Thursday October 29, 10:15am – 11:45am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

While on foot, this session will inspire, energize, and inform walking movement champions to use creative and safe approaches to build a growing “base” of future walking advocates and change makers. We will discuss walking trip themes, walking trip leader training, community partner engagement, walking festivals, and social media campaign and networking strategies.  This activity will start in the Redwood room and then will move place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Limited to 40 participants

Led by Jonathon Stalls, Founder Walk2Connect, and Chris Englert, Walking Movement Leader with Walk2Connect and Eat Walk Learn Founder.

Creating Great and Safe Places to Walk: Conducting a Place Audit

Thursday October 29, 10:15am – 11:45am

This session will feature both classroom and outdoor experiences to learn how to conduct a place audit of a street or public place to focus on activities, comfort, image, access and sociability.

This session has a Walk& Talk component, please dress for outdoor activity.

Led by Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Places and Kate RubeTransportation Program Manager, Project for Public Places

Presentation

Walking is for Everyone: Ensuring Access for All

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45

Learn how to incorporate design features to meet the needs of everyone in your community, including older adults and people with disabilities.  Expand your knowledge on the needs of users and the basis for good planning and design solutions for enhanced safety and walkability with real-life situations. This session will provide participants an orientation to the way people with disabilities use pedestrian environments including a checklist to assess the path of travel. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.  This session will be followed by an afternoon mobile workshop to demonstrate some of the principles discussed

Moderator: Mukul Malhotra, Director of Urban Design, MIG

Panelists:

  • Janet Barlow, President, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Accessible Design for the Blind
  • Ken Thompson, Coordinator, Veterans Dialogue and Technical Assistance, Easter Seals Transportation Group
  • Dennis Cannon, Transportation Accessibility Specialist, Synergy, LLC

Presentations

Vision Zero: What is It and Why Does It Matter?

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

Everyone is talking about Vision Zero. But what is it, really? And how does it fit into our work to make communities great places for walking? Join us to learn more about the basics and how some are using Vision Zero as a powerful, new tool for change in their communities.

Moderator: Christy Kwan, Programs & Outreach Director, Alliance for Biking & Walking

Panelists: 

  • Leah Shahum, Founder/Director, Vision Zero Network
  • Nicole Ferrara, Executive Director, Walk San Francisco
  • Noel Mickelberry, Executive Director, Oregon Walks
  • Caroline Samponaro, Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives, Families for Safe Streets

Presentations:

Lessons from the Front Line: How to Bring Resources and Support to the Active Living Movement

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

This session will highlight the policy and advocacy approach that Voices for Healthy Kids is supporting and provide examples of winning state and local active places campaigns, highlighting legislative victories, health promotion and infrastructure improvements. We will also provide a snapshot of our nationwide message research project.

Moderator and Presenter: Marla Hollander, MPH, National Partnership Manager, Voices for Healthy Kids

Presenters

  • Isabelle Gerard, MPH, Policy and Opinion Research Manager, Voices for Healthy Kids
  • Beth Richards, Development and Marketing Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Tim Vaske, Regional Campaign Manager, Voices for Healthy Kids
  • Rachel Callanan, Regional Vice President, American Heart Association

Creative Approaches to Promoting Walking

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

A quick look at 10 successful and energetic programs aimed at getting people out and walking across the county, plus “walk’n talk” opportunities with the presenters to learn more about their programs.

Moderator: Jill Chamberlain, Senior Project Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN

Panelists:

  • Jill Hamilton Buss, Executive Director, Healthy Central Florida
    Healthy Central Florida – a Tale of Three Cities
  • Karen Bracey, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension
    Everybody Walk Across PA
  • Linda Fondren, Shape Up Mississippi
    Getting People to Walk Now
  • Laura Holloway, Director of Pryor Creek Recreation Center, Pryor Creek Recreation Center
    Walking for Wellness
  • David Mays, Kaiser Permanente Manager Public Relations and Communications
    Nature Is Medicine
  • Leah Moser, Program Coordinator, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University
    Move it Monday and the Monday Mile: Jump Start Your Week
  • Gita Rampersad, JD, MHA, Independent Health Equity Consultant
    Innovative PA Activity Models to Promote Health, Community Advocacy, Organizing, and Empowerment
  • Jannie Cox, Managing Member, Meet Me Concepts, LLC,
    ”Meet Me” Social Walking Events for Communities
  • Laura Fenn, Creator and Executive Director, The Walking Classroom
    Walk, Listen and Learn with The Walking Classroom
  • Michel Edwards, Fitiverse Advisor, and Joseph Brent, Fitiverse Founder
    Get Social and Be Fit: Buddying up is the best way to get and stay fit

Presentations

Walkable Communities: Why It’s a Priority for Your Local Elected Officials

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45

This session fosters sharing of innovative strategies that city governments are taking to become partners in the walking movement and allies with advocates in addressing priorities for walking and pedestrian safety.

Moderator: Tracy Wiedt, Program Director, Health and Community Wellness, National League of Cities

Panelists

  • Annapolis Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles
  • Mayor Chip Johnson, Hernando, MS

Presentations

 

Walking and Walkability: Equity, Empowerment and Engage Underserved, diverse communities.

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

This session will look at two very different communities (Brownsville, TX and the Greenville neighbor in Bakersfield, CA) to see how they have overcome limited resources and unfamiliar public participation processes to create effective local advocates that are changing their communities. .  We will hear how walking groups, walking school buses and working to get more sidewalks, better parks and safer crosswalks have been accomplished.   These empowered, diverse and underserved communities have a lot to teach us about how to work with them to get pedestrian infrastructure in inaccessible places.

Moderator: Ellen L. Braff-Guajardo, Program Officer, W.K.Kellogg Foundation

Panelists

  • Genoveva Islas, MPH, Program Director, Cultiva La Salud
  • Lourdes Perez, Program Coordinator, Center for Human Services, Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children
  • Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director-Health Equity Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Abraham Kulungara, Director Environmental Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Dr. Rose Gowen, City Commissioner, City of Brownsville
  • Arturo Rodriguez, Public Health Director, City of Brownsville

Presentations

Harnessing The Right Whys: How Simple Science and Branding Insights Can Motivate a Lifetime of Walking Among Non-Walkers

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

Leveraging insights from marketing principles and science related to decision making and rewards, this interactive presentation will discuss the reasons and research behind why walking should be branded in more strategic ways to get optimal interest, engagement, and behavioral sustainability.

Moderator: Michelle Segar, PhD, Director, Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy (SHARP) Center, University of Michigan

Opening Session and Keynote “Is Walking a Right?” by Robert Bullard (8:30am – 10am)

Thursday October 29, 8:30am – 10am

Robert D. Bullard, often described as the  father of environmental justice, will kick off the National Walking Summit by exploring the question “Is Walking a Right?” Dr. Bullard’s books include Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity, and Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity. For more on Dr. Bullard, read his full bio on our Keynote Speakers Page.

Robert Bullard, the founder of the environmental justice center, talks about some of his projects while in his office on the Clark Atlanta University Campus in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004. When Bullard formed the center he noticed that the majority groups that rely on the city's public transit system never joined forces to protest the agency's policies. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Robert D. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.  He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. In 1990, he was the first environmental justice scholar to receive the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conservation Achievement Award in Science for “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality.”

Dr. Bullard’s works include his book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, which is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity, Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity, and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place. His latest books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Environmental Health and Racial Equality in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities, and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities.

Get ‘em Walking; Keep ‘em Walking

Thursday October 29, 7am – 8am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Discover creative programming ideas to turn people onto walking, and keep them walking, by making it fun and effective.  Learn how to lead walks with participants of various fitness levels and techniques to improve performance. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Presentation and walk led by Michele Stanten, Walking Coach/Fitness Instructor/Writer of mywalkingcoach.com

Limited to 25 participants.

Chi Walking: A Mindful Approach to Walking

Thursday October 29, 7am – 8am

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

Basic instruction on how to transform your walking into a mindful practice, focusing on injury-prevention, energy-efficiency, range of motion and core strengthening. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.  

Led by Danny Dreyer, President and co-founder of ChiLiving®, Inc.

Limited to 50 participants.

Netwalking® (8am – 5pm)

Netwalking® is much more than a walk it’s about building meaningful connections. We help make introductions, invite you into casual conversation, encourage random interactions and keep you and your ideas moving.

On your Netwalk®, you will network with a leader in the walking field. Netwalking® helps enhance creativity through exploring new venues and breaking traditional meeting room settings by introducing variety into everyday interactions. As well, walks are led for you to discover beauty around every corner, something you wouldn’t have experienced if you were in an indoor meeting space. Netwalking® incorporates designated breaks encouraging random interaction, and casual conversations, just by walking side by side.

More information can be found at the Netwalking Website Here.

Opening Reception and Poster Session (5pm – 7pm)

Wednesday October 28, 5pm-7pm

Summitteers enjoyed a reception and networking opportunity while exploring posters from the following participants. Click on the link to view the posters!

Walking the Walk – Exploring Walkability on the Met Branch Trail (Walking Workshop 1:30pm – 5pm)

Wednesday October 28, 1:30pm – 5pm

Pre-Registration for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register

This workshop will use the Met Branch Trail in Washington, D.C. as a walking laboratory to demonstrate the important role that shared-use paths can play to establish and enhance walkable neighborhoods in urban areas. This activity will take place out-of-doors, so please dress for the weather and for walking.

Led by Kelly Pack, Director Trail Development, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Heather Deutsch, Senior Transportation Planner, Toole Design Group

Limited to 25 participants

Using Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to Foster Walk-Friendly Communities (3:30pm – 5pm)

Wednesday October 28, 3:30-5pm

Educating, inspiring, and empowering decision makers consider the health impacts of transportation decisions leads to better outcomes for pedestrian proponents. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an innovative tool used to examine health effects of initiatives that do not generally consider health consequences. This workshop will present real situations where health and equity goals are being used to help influence land use and transportation decisions that improve environments for walking. Presenters will engage workshop participants in an interactive discussion to identify potential walking projects in your community appropriate for Health Impact Assessment. The discussion will focus on determining practical activities we can do to empower decision makers to consider the health impact of pedestrians on their choices. This session will highlight findings from HIAs about pedestrian access and safety and discuss how HIA can be used to improve local and regional policy and project decisions. (90 Minute Session)

Moderator: Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS, Executive Director, National Physical Activity Society

Panelists:

  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS, Executive Director, National Physical Activity Society
  • Susan R. Sutherland, RS, MPH, Public Health Planner, Delaware General Health District (Ohio)

Auditing the Pedestrian Environment: A Tool for Practitioners and Community Members (1:30pm – 3pm)

Wednesday October 28th, 1:30-3pm

Communities are often unsure of which walkability reforms to focus on, how to prioritize investments or what outcomes they can anticipate. Based upon 10 years of research, the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscape (MAPS) Mini tool assesses the activity-friendliness of streets, sidewalks and crossings, and identifies specific features that are feasible to modify and related to physical activity. This session will: highlight the tool’s development and components; discuss how scores are related to physical activity; and show practitioners how to use the tool to document disparities in streetscape quality and engage community members in assessment as a basis for advocacy.

This session has a Walk& Talk component, please dress for outdoor activity.

Moderator: Chad Spoon, MRPCommunications and Partnership Manager, Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego

Panelist: Jessa Engelberg, Research Assistant/Doctoral Student, University of California, San Diego

 Presentations

Auditing the Pedestrian Environment:  A Tool for Practitioners and Community Members 

Agency and Cross-disciplinary Partner Workshop on Walking and Walkability (12:30pm – 5pm)

Wednesday October 28,  12:30pm – 5pm

Organized by US Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and US Fish and Wildlife Service

Overview of Meeting

This session will bring together Federal, State, and local agencies, practitioners, public health and transportation officials, and stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of major federal initiatives and build multidisciplinary state and local actions to increase walking and walkable communities.

Meeting objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the Federal work occurring to increase walking and improve walkability, with a focus on activities around health and transportation;
  • Identify examples of State and local projects, strategies, successes, issues, and opportunities to increase walking and walkability;
  • Identify cross-disciplinary research needs and opportunities to increase the rate at which organizations are increasing walking and communities becoming more walkable; and
  • Identify strategies and solutions to more effectively align Federal, State, and local efforts to increase walking and walkability.

Workshop Moderator: Scott Bricker, America Walks, Executive Director

Session 1: Walking and Wheeling Safely to Work, School, Transit and Other Destinations

Moderators: Rebecca Higgins; Joanne Waszczak

Panelists: Bob Dallas, Board Chair of PEDS (Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety), and MARTA Board Member ; Jonathan Rogers, Transportation Mgmt Specialist, DC Department of Transportation; Keith Benjamin, Street Scale Campaign Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership (Voices 4 Healthy Kids Initiative); Tom Bertulis, Manager of Traffic Engineering Department, Design Consultants Inc.

Session 2: Walking for Health / Livability / Sustainability:

Moderators: Victoria Martinez; Ken Rose

Panelists: John Robert Smith, Transportation for America; Geoff Anderson, Smart Growth America; Barbara McCann, USDOT; Janet Collins, CDC

Session 3: Walking for Access to Recreation

Moderator: Christopher B Douwes, Federal Highway Administration

Panelists: Kevin Kilcullen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Zarnaaz Bashir, Director, Health Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

Session 4: Tools for Understanding Walking Needs and Safety

Moderators and Panelists: Tom Schmid CDC; Jeremy Raw USDOT FHWA

Session 5: Data Collection and Research Trends and Gaps

Moderators and Panelists: Daniel Goodman USDOT FHWA; Heidi Coleman USDOT NHSTA

Presentations

Measurement Tools to Promote Walking and Increase Safety (9:30am – 11:30am)

Wednesday October 28, 9:30am – 11:30am

Learn how to promote walking using low- and no-cost tools to measure walkability, and develop a comprehensive pedestrian safety program to promote walking and reduce injury.

Moderator: Tom Schmid, PhD., Team Lead, Physical Activity Translation and Evaluation Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Panelists:

  • Maryanne Bailey, MPH, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, CPH
  • Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
  • Kathleen Watson, PhD, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chris Kochtitzky, MSP,  Associate Director for Program Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Workshops/Mobile Sessions (PM)

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Lunch (For Workshop Attendees Only)

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Workshops/Mobile Sessions (AM)

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Walk the Hill Day – Organized by America Walks

Wednesday October 28

Pre-Register for this Event is Required. Please Click Here to Register 

Join leaders and organizers from around the nation to deliver the message that we need safe, accessible communities so that everyone can walk. The Hill Day will start with an issues and advocacy training, and then participants will Walk the Hill to deliver our message and advocate for specific legislative requests. This is an all day event which Includes Breakfast.

Opening Reception

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