The following are optional workshop sessions that the WALC Institute can facilitate as part of onsite workshops. This is not a compete list – the WALC Institute can create a customized session, or suite of sessions, that are specific to the sponsoring community.
Additional sessions topics not described here include:
- Rapid and desktop active transportation Health Impact Assessments
- School Siting policies and practices
- Shared (Joint) Use policies and practices
Public Policy Strategies to Build a Livable Community
Duration: 90-120 minutes
Target Audience: Elected officials and policy advocates
Description: In this session, participants will learn about a range of public policy strategies for creating livable communities and then develop a Livable Community Action Plan for adopting and implementing one or more specific policies. This session will be of particular interest to local elected officials and advocates for senior citizens, people with disabilities, social justice, and health. An initial presentation will summarize proven policy approaches to pedestrian access/safety (such as sidewalk ordinances, crosswalk warrants, traffic calming programs, complete streets), density and affordable housing (such as accessory dwelling units, inclusionary housing policies, development impact fees, density bonuses), and livable urban design (such as form-based zoning, transit-oriented development, parking management).
Participants (possibly in small groups) will then conduct a visioning, prioritization and strategic planning activity focused the selected policy or policies, resulting in an actionable Livable Community Action Plan.
Resources and model ordinances will be provided.
Complete Streets Campaign Planning
Duration: 90-120 minutes
Target Audience: Diverse stakeholders supporting complete streets
Description: This session will begin with an informative presentation about the Complete Streets concept, history and successes. Participants will learn that the concept of "Complete Streets" was developed through the recognition that most streets in the United States are incomplete - failing to safely accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, senior citizens, children, transit riders, and others. The presentation will discuss the design elements that make a street complete, the many community benefits of building complete streets, and the components of a complete streets policy (of which there are now more than 700, nationwide), and will conclude with success stories.
After the presentation, participants will participate in a structured community analysis, visioning, and planning project (possibly in small groups) to develop a Complete Streets Campaign Plan for the community.
Finally, participants will practice their outreach skills with a role-play activity.
Complete streets resources and model ordinances will be provided.
Safe Routes to School Campaign Planning
Duration: 90-120 minutes (this session can also be expanded into a 1-2 day intensive training program for local stakeholders and practitioners)
Target Audience: Diverse stakeholders supporting physical activity for children and youth
Description: Safe Routes to School has become a technique for improving livability by focusing on the safety and health of our most vulnerable community members – children and youth. This session will begin with an informative presentation about the Safe Routes to School concept, history and successes in the U.S. Participants will learn how and why the Safe Routes to School concept has become a fast growing international movement, how to build and fund a community-wide campaign, and then participants will develop a Safe Routes to School Community Action Plan.
After the presentation, participants will participate in a structured community analysis, visioning, and planning project (possibly in small groups) to draft a Safe Routes to School Community Action Plan and pilot school program.
Safe Routes to School resources will be provided.
Building a Bicycle-Friendly Community
Duration: 60-120 minutes (session can be extended to four hours, if specific bicycle facilities and programs are given more detailed examination)
Target Audience: Diverse stakeholders supporting bicycling
Description: This session will begin with an informative presentation about the benefits and barriers to bicycling. Bicycling is a growing form of transportation and recreation, yet 60% of Americans say that they want to ride a bicycle but won’t until their streets feel safer to ride on. Participants will learn how bicycling can contribute to a healthier, safer and more prosperous community and economy, and how many communities throughout the U.S. are thriving through bicycling facilities and programs.
After the presentation, participants will participate in a structured community analysis, visioning, and planning project (possibly in small groups) to develop a Bicycle Action Plan.
Bicycling resources and model ordinances and programs will be provided, including information about Bike Share programs, Cyclovias, Cycle tracks, Earn-a-Bike and Community-Bike programs, Pump Tracks and Trails, Bike fun events, and other bicycle-related programs and facilities.