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Gold-level Walk Friendly Communities
Activity Code: W004
Date: Sunday, April 14
The Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program is a nationwide program with the goal of encouraging towns and cities throughout the United States to establish (or recommit to) a high priority for supporting walking. Chicago is designated as a Gold-level WFC due to its combination of excellent plans and policies, exceptional design guidelines, pedestrian safety law enforcement, outstanding education and encouragement campaigns, and evaluation tools. This workshop will highlight how Chicago became one of the most walkable in the country and showcase their best practices and most successful initiatives. Each program and policy that is presented will include information to help participants implement them at some scale in their own community. This workshop will tour one of Chicago’s most vibrant and walkable neighborhoods with stops to demonstrate how the city’s streetscape guidelines create safe, accessible, and inviting streets; how the city provides safe crossings; how the city manages parking; how development scale and use encourage pedestrian activity; how enforcement programs for pedestrian safety are conducted; and show examples of how the city encourages walking through its numerous campaigns, events and programs. Transportation: Walking.