Walkability workshops and audits for Belfast and Wiscasset

Feb 27, 2014

On Monday, March 10, at 8:30 a.m. in Belfast and on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in Wiscasset, community members are invited to join Dan Burden from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and Jane Lafleur from Friends of Midcoast Maine in workshops to look at ways to make these communities more walkable. Dan Burden is a renowned expert on walkability and has helped 3,500 communities nationwide to make communities more walkable and livable. Walking audits are powerful workshop tools for redesign and visioning and for helping to build healthier, active communities. Popularized more than 10 years ago by Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc., these 45- to 90-minute teaching events are fun, healthy, democratic and inspirational.

As many know, a walkable community creates economic vitality. The group will explore ideas to improve retail life, walkability, safety, traffic flow, community health, social interaction and the beauty and attractiveness of the area. The workshop includes outside walking so participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

In Belfast, the workshop will begin at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 37 Miller St., Monday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both workshops will be held rain or shine and include a light meal as well as outdoor walking in all conditions. Registration is free for Belfast and Wiscasset residents, businesses and property owners and $10 for all others. Space is limited so preregistration is required. To preregister, send an e-mail to info@friendsmidcoast.org or register online at www.friendsmidcoast.org.

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