Thursday, September 14
Walking Advocacy 101 is a two-part mini-course designed for community-level advocates and professionals who are new to the walking movement. We recommend participants plan to attend both sessions, which will include a walkability audit during the mid-afternoon break.
Based on America Walks’ successful Walking College distance-learning program, the curriculum has been designed to nurture the development of the “hard” and “soft” skills that are necessary to become effective change agents. The two 90-minute sessions will include TED-Talk style presentations, facilitated small-group discussion, and a comprehensive toolkit of resources. Click here to learn about Walking Advocacy 101 Part 1.
Walking Advocacy 101 Part 2 will focus on the “hard” skills. Participants will learn how to evaluate the built environment, design public spaces for people (not cars), master the public policy process, and identify project funding from local, state, federal, and private dollars. They will also study model campaigns, such as “Complete Streets” and “Vision Zero,” and receive mentoring in developing their own campaign outlines.
Click here to learn about Walking Advocacy 101-Part 1. If you want a high-level view of the walking advocacy landscape, so you can then focus on more specific knowledge and skills development, Walking Advocacy 101 is for you. It is recommended that participants plan to attend both sessions.
Room: Governors 1
- Mukul Malhotra, Board member, America Walks; Principal and Director of Urban Design, MIG Inc., Berkeley, CA
- Molly O’Reilly, Board member, America Walks; President, Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle, Sandpoint, ID
- Jonathon Stalls, Founder, Walk2Connect, Denver, CO
- Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks; City Councilmember, Columbia, MO