MARC's partners for the June workshop included the
city of Grandview, the AARP Missouri state office,
KC Healthy Kids and the UNC Highway Safety
The University of North Caroline, Highway Safety Research Center
M.S.C.E., P.E. Senior Research Associate
Program Manager, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
AARP, Missouri Office
Craig Eichelman - Missouri State Director
AARP Missouri State Office
9200 Ward Parkway, Suite 350, Kansas City MO 64114
816/360-2200 — CEichelman@aarp.org
KC Healthy Kids
El Centro Building
650 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101
816/523-5353 — email@example.com
Aaron Bartlett, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105
816/701-8238 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk Friendly Communities
is a national program that recognizes communities that show commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety with a comprehensive set of programs, plans and policies. The program can award different levels of recognition: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
On June 2 and 3, program facilitators from the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the administrators of the Walk Friendly Communities program, presented two days of training for local entities interested in becoming Walk Friendly Communities.
Thank you to everyone who attended Step Up! Overview and two-day Pilot Workshopin June 2015. This event was the first Walk Friendly Communities workshop offered through the University of North Carolina, Highway Safety Research Center, the administrators of the Walk Friendly Communities program. People are discovering that WFC is more than the assessment tool or the designation, it is a process that equips cities of any size to address pedestrian needs for changing demographics. The assessment tool helps to bring people together, creating lines of communication between engineers, planners, law enforcement and community stakeholders. Many communities are just getting started, and MARC and our event partners have many resources to assist your community.
Below, you will find workshop materials, a directory of attendees, event partners and their contact information, and more resources for cities in the MARC metropolitan planning area.
Step up! Walk Friendly Overview
Step up! A pilot workshop for Walk Friendly Communities
Combined, the WFC events drew 98 participants, representing 31 cities and 12 counties across two states. Participants even came from communities such as Topeka, St. Joseph, Jefferson City and Springfield. The vast geographic representation and diverse backgrounds of the audience is a strong indication of the desire for walk friendly communities and the importance of this program.
MARC's partners for the June workshop included the city of Grandview, the AARP Missouri state office, KC Healthy Kids and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, and especially to the City of Grandview for hosting the event and providing meals and refreshments.