Planners for Health Walkability Audit
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT
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In 2015, the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Centralina Council of Governments were awarded a Plan4Health grant to assess and address barriers to physical activity in Charlotte neighborhoods considered at-risk for poor health outcomes. This work has been continued and expanded through the 2016 Planners4Health grant that is working to create a coalition of planning and public health professionals in North Carolina. In Charlotte, the project consisted of 6 strategies including: 1) a community needs assessment with neighborhood groups; 2) walkability and bikeability audits of the road network; 3) park accessibility audits and mapping; 4) a shared use analysis; 5) communications with planners throughout the state and neighborhood groups; and 6) developing case studies and toolkits to promote replication of this project in other counties within the Centralina region and North Carolina.
During this session, participants will learn: 1) what creates a pedestrian friendly environment in a residential and commercial setting, 2) how to prepare for a walkability audit including route selection and tools, 3) how to market a walkability audit and who to invite, 4) things to bring along on your audit, and 5) what to do once your audit is over. The session will include an in-depth presentation on walkability and a walking tour around Greenville to observe firsthand streetscape features that promote or deter walking.
Michelle Nance, AICP
Benjamin Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org