This just in, from the City of Oklahoma City:
National expert to lead free walkability workshops
The City of Oklahoma City is hosting two free walkability workshops this month with leading walkability and community planning expert Dan Burden.
The workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 13 and 14 and are open to the public. The workshops will be similar both days, but the neighborhood walking tours will vary. Both tours will begin at The Parish, 1757 NW 16 Street.
The first day will include a walking tour of the Plaza District and the Gatewood Neighborhood. The second day’s tour will focus on the Classen-10-Penn neighborhood. The tours will provide attendees with ways to improve the walkability of their own neighborhoods.
Burden is the nation’s most recognized authority on walkability and the co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, which is committed to building better built environments. Time Magazine named Burden as one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.
“Oklahoma City has an opportunity to emerge from the current recession with vibrancy, but you have to get the streets right first, and lay a foundation for quality commerce and healthy communities,” Burden said. “We’ll take some steps in that direction during these workshops.”
Burden will teach, connect and support Oklahoma City communities as they improve the walkability and social connectivity of their neighborhoods.
Russell Claus, Director of Planning for the City of Oklahoma City and Blair Humphreys, Executive Director of the Institute for Quality Communities will speak on the walkability issues facing Oklahoma City. Both workshops will provide opportunity for participants to connect and collaborate with community leaders.
“These workshops will provide residents, merchants and community builders with access to leading experts in the field of walkability, active transport and neighborhood design,” Oklahoma City’s Sustainability Director Jennifer Gooden said.
Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Please register at http://walkability.register110.com.