Walkability Workshop

Alaska Chapter of APA


Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 5 p.m. AKST

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This workshop will be aimed at building capacity among participants to assess walkability in their own communities.  The first part of the session focuses on the technical elements of walkability that go beyond the presences of a sidewalk or crosswalk. What does it mean to have a fully accessible walk route? Why are walk signals timed the way they are? We will explore these concepts before taking the group outside for a 45-minute walk to evaluate some of the walking conditions around the conference site. A walk route will be chosen so it highlights different elements of walkability in three different zones: the sidewalks/walking path; the roadway itself; and the surrounding land uses. The session will conclude with a facilitated discussion on what walkability means in the Alaska context. We will explore how influences such as weather, darkness, and culture impact how we look at walkability. From that, we will discuss how facilities and programs can be tailored to this context. Once complete, participants will be able to better understand the technical elements of walkability and generate ideas for how they can be applied in their own community's unique setting.


Donald Kostelec, AICP

Invited Speaker

Don Kostelec, AICP, is a Senior Planning Associate with Alta Planning & Design in Boise, Idaho. Don has worked in the planning and transportation field since 2002. In recent years, he has applied Health Impact Assessments and other various integrated health/planning efforts in North Carolina, Alaska, West Virginia, Tennessee, Utah ... Read More

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Jessica Smith, jessicaceilesmith@gmail.com