Solutions for a More Walkable America
University of Northern Iowa Students involved in a recently launched sustainability initiative have taken on several projects that could improve the health and viability of the Cedar Valley for decades to come.
A diverse coalition that links fields as varied as business, education, health care, transportation, recreation, social justice, community revitalization and grassroots organizing, the walking movement is advancing on many fronts to encourage Americans to walk more and remove the barriers that keep us off our feet.
An audit of Monett's streets, conducted by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute prompted dialogue on what Monettans want for the future of the town.
Hosted by the healthy communities initiative and funded through the Missouri Foundation for Health, the team leading the effort was headed by Mark Fenton, a public health, planning and transportation consultant.
How do the key concepts of walkability and good urban design apply at an airport? The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute is providing guidance to a class of graduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are exploring that question at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The students participated in a workshop and walkability audit with the WALC Institute's Executive Director, Kelly Morphy, and the Local Government Commission's Associate Director, Paul Zykofsky. They discussed strategies to make traveling to and from the airport more pedestrian-friendly and easier to navigate. The students also are addressing challenges faced by passengers inside the airport’s terminals and outside the terminal including curb fronts, parking areas, rail stops, bus stops, and other connection points. In this image, Kelly, Paul and the students meet with the airport's management and stakeholders. Learn more about the project in the Chicago Department of Aviation's announcement here.
LiveWell Finney County has received a draft report from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute that includes a number of recommendations based on a walking audit and workshops held during the Healthy Community Design Summit in early February.