WALC Institute Executive Director, Robert Ping, hosts break-out session focused on re-creating cities for people not cars

Published by Northern Nevada Business Weeks, August 29, 2016

Making a community more walkable and easier to navigate on a bike or on foot is more than a quality of life issue. It also has an economic impact.

That’s the topic for the Bikeable, Walkable Livable Communities breakout session during the Economic Development Conference: Building a Stronger Nevada, scheduled Sept. 20-22 at University of Nevada, Reno Joe Crowley Student Union. The Wednesday afternoon session includes a bike tour in downtown Reno. Read more.

Study shows ways to make Columbus more 'walkable

Published by The Republic, May 9, 2016

A new study shows how changes to Columbus' streets, neighborhoods, trails and zoning rules could lead to more walking options for residents.

"Columbus, Indiana: Walking Towards Greatness" was completed Oct. 14-15 by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute of Port Townsend, Washington. Read more.

Listen to WALC Institute Executive Director Robert Ping Discuss a shared space revolution (PODCAST)

Published by Streetsblog USA, April 29, 2016

On the podcast this week is Robert Ping, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who tells us about Pittsburgh’s plans for the largest shared space in an American city.

Robert also discusses why it’s so important to get public officials from different agencies in the same room together to talk about improving conditions for walking and biking. And we wonder why parents are being threatened with arrest just for walking their kids to school, and how getting driven around affects kids’ perceptions of where they live compared to walking. Listen to the full podcast here.

Advocates to push for more access in downtown

Published by Reporter-Herald, January 27, 2016

A new citizens task force was formed Wednesday night to advocate for more money for pedestrian and biking infrastructure in Loveland, specifically downtown.

The task force is the result of various residents and agencies participating in a walkability audit in downtown Loveland through the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Read more.

WALC Institute works to increase livability in Columbus, IN

Published by The Republic, October 11, 2015

Even with the bevy of walking and biking trails available in Columbus, local health leaders say there still are ways to make the city a healthier place.

That’s why representatives from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute are coming to Columbus this week to offer up new ideas for ways to design the city to promote overall health and wellness. Read more.

WALC Institute to participate in Columbus, IN Walktober events

Published by The Republic, October 2, 2015

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling. It is October, the perfect time to take a walk on the tree-lined streets of Columbus.To capitalize on the quintessential fall weather, Columbus health advocates are sponsoring a monthlong Walktober event designed to get residents outside and moving.

Nearly every day for the rest of the month, Reach Healthy Communities and other health-centered organizations in the community will host different themed walks throughout the city. Read more.

WALC Institute visits Baton Rouge to advise on "Complete Streets" policy

Published by The Time-Picayune, August 19, 2015

Crossing bridges on sidewalks shouldn't require the courage of some kind of daredevil.

But when the wind swishes your cheek as vehicles traveling close to 40 miles per hour whir by, traversing the Perkins Road Overpass Bridge on foot or by bike can feel dangerous.

Robert Ping, a cyclist and engineer from Portland, helped lead a walking tour Tuesday (Aug. 18) of the Perkins Road Overpass area in Baton Rouge as part of an audit of the area's pedestrian friendliness. Read more.

WALC Institute recommends shared streets design for Liberty Avenue

Published by The Works, July 6, 2015

Liberty Avenue is the western gateway to downtown Pittsburgh. It is also a dangerous headache of a road that’s not really working for anybody on it. As you come off the Fort Pitt Bridge and cruise between Commonwealth Place and Stanwix Street, there are spots for drivers to U-turn, side roads merging in, bicyclists running red lights, jaywalking pedestrians and a light-rail station that exits onto an island in the road. Read more.

WALC Institute helps rethink entrance to the Golden Triangle

Published by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 2015

Two days of brainstorming by various Downtown interests, guided by transportation planning experts, have hatched a revolutionary concept for remaking the entrance to the Golden Triangle. Read more.

WALC Institute and AARP bring ideas to improve busy downtown Pittsburgh intersection

Published by Pittsburgh NPR News, June 23, 2015

Designing roads in an area that comes to a point, rather than a square grid, is an infrastructure challenge unique to the Golden Triangle that burdens city planners with a bustling intersection joining Stanwix Street, Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue and Forbes Avenue. Read more.

WALC Institute assists Eldon, MO trail project

Published by Lake News Online, June 9, 2015

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which provides funding to support organizations and local governments that implement projects to build and improve rail-trails, awarded a $15,000 grant to Missouri Rock Island, Inc., for its efforts in creating a 384-mile cross-state trail system. Read more.

Center for Plain Language honors the best in Clear Communication

WALC Institute/AARP livability fact sheets receive award for best Original Documents in the non-profit category.

Published by Yahoo Finance, May 13, 2015

The Center for Plain Language has awarded its 2015 Grand ClearMark Awards for the best communications in plain language. Read more.

Draft walkability report being reviewed by LiveWell

Published by Garden City [Kan.] Telegram, April 2, 2015

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. 

The summit, which featured Mark Fenton, a nationally known public health, planning and transportation consultant, was promoted by LiveWell Finney County, a coalition of the Western Kansas Community Foundation and the Finney County Community Health Foundation, funded through a grant sponsored by the Healthy Communities Initiative through the Kansas Health Foundation. Read more.

University of Illinois students share ideas for improving walkability at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport

Study is being guided by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, which is providing professional walkability leadership, training, and assistance to the students.

Published by Chicago Department of Aviation, April 1, 2015

Graduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are identifying strategies to make traveling to and from O'Hare International Airport more pedestrian-friendly and easier to navigate. Walkability is a measure of how safe, convenient and accessible an area is for using a mode of transport aside from a personal vehicle; this includes walking, bicycling, and public transit. Read more.

Northern Iowa Sustainability Project looks to have impact in region

Published by Waterloo Cedar Falls [Iowa] Courier, March 8, 2015

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. Read more.

Walking: The secret ingredient for health, wealth, and more exciting neighborhoods

Published by Yes! Magazine, Dec. 25, 2014

It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.ndiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet. Read more.

High hopes for a more walkable America

Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.

Published by Better Cities & Towns, Dec. 3, 2014

There are few things more basic to human life than walking. 

We lost sight of this fact over recent decades, building new communities all over the world where moving on foot is dangerous or unappealing if not downright impossible. That’s beginning to change now as research shows the simple of act of walking offers surprising benefits for our health, our prosperity and the vitality of our communities. Read more.

Monett Street audit offers healthy ideas

Published by The Monett [Mo.] Times, Sept. 12, 2014

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. Read more.

Developers can take another step to understanding walkability

Published by Albuquerque Business First, May 9, 2014

Observers of the move toward more walkable neighborhoods are coming to Albuquerque and Santa Fe to show developers how they can catch up with the trend.

“The real estate community should be engaged. Demand is rising and developers and real estate professionals that are on the front edge will benefit,” said Kelly Morphy, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Read more.

Walkable cities in Michigan

Published by CMU Public Radio News, Sept. 23, 2014

Roads are more than simply a place for cars to drive. And sometimes for pedestrians, it can be a game of chicken to cross the road. All around the nation health and city-planning officials are making efforts to include more than just cars in their road plans. Read more.

Demand for walkable neighborhoods is strong

Published by The National Association of Realtors, August 2, 2012

When Jane Finger thought about where she wanted to spend her retirement years, the community she envisioned had to be walkable. She found that place — and more — in Fairhope, Ala., population 17,000, on the east side of Mobile Bay. And she couldn’t be happier. “I live a few blocks from our thriving downtown,” said Finger, who moved from Connecticut. Read more.