Let’s Go for a Walk: How to Host a Walkability Workshop (8:30-12:30)

Wednesday, September 13

An interactive session for participates to learn how to plan for and host a community walkability workshop that leads to local action planning. Attendees will be led on a walk and talk through how to strategically organize a walk, develop an invitation list and select a route that highlights a representative example of the communities built environment.  The session format will provide an opportunity to practice leading a workshop and for peer-to-peer learning.

Workshop attendees will be:

  • Able to explain the purpose and benefits of community walkability workshops (“walkshops”).
  • Able to explain the principles of a walkable community
  • Able to explain the steps in planning for and hosting a strategic community walkability workshop.
  • Able to plan walking route in their community that represents the existing conditions and a workgroup agenda.


  • Ellen Pillsbury, AICP, Active Transportation Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Jasna Hadzic-Stanek, Transportation Planner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Annie Harala, Northeast Minnesota Regional Statewide Health Improvement partnership (SHIP) Coordinator, Healthy Northland
  • Chris Kimber, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)