Walking as a Movement

From our friends at the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition:

TALKING ABOUT A GROWING MOVEMENT FOR WALKING . . .

Local Pedestrian Advocacy Group Presents on Feet as Traffic

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 5, 2010 – Next Tuesday evening 7:30-9:00pm at Full Life Café, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) will host a presentation and discussion called “On Walking: Growing a Local and National Movement.” This event is free and open to the public.

Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day, so why is it such a challenge to walk in some neighborhoods and business districts? With so much energy and excitement about bicycling, who is advocating for walking? How can our region better serve the transportation needs of an aging population, children who want to walk to school, and people who need to access transit?

Our national and local walking movements are growing. Walking is a cheap, healthy and accessible form of transportation for everyone. Safer streets, better sidewalks and crossings, more public transit, and a growing walking advocacy movement together are a cure for childhood obesity and dangerous traffic. We will discuss how the modes of cycling and walking are similar, how they are synergistic, and how they are different. We will also discuss the importance of transit, walkable neighborhoods, and public spaces for walking.

Steph Routh, Director of WPC, will relay what she learned at the recent Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference as well as America Walks’ first-ever Equal Footing Summit in Chattanooga, TN last month. Coffee and light snacks will be served.

“On Walking: Growing a Local and National Movement”

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Full Life Coffee House
3301 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR

Full Life is ADA accessible and located along the #12 bus

For more information, please contact Steph Routh at steph@wpcwaks.org.

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