It’s a wrap: Building an Active & Age-Friendly Transportation Network
May 24, Salem, OR – The National Partnership, with support from AARP Oregon, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon’s Transportation & Growth Management Program, and the City of Salem, brought two walkability workshops to the City of Salem, Oregon. Following an introduction from Salem’s Mayor Bennett, two dozen staff from the city, county, regional and state government joined a walking audit around downtown Salem with nationally-renowned walking expert Dan Burden, best known for his work with Walk Score. Mr Burden then led the staff in a mapping exercise on how to build walkability into the city’s existing and future plans and make Salem a more walkable destination.
That same evening, more than 30 community members joined us at the Center 50+, a community center for older adults, for a walking audit through the nearby neighborhood. Mr. Burden gave a short presentation on how the community can support and encourage the city’s efforts toward walkability, and answered questions about how individuals can help build an active & age-friendly transportation network in Salem.
- 4pm-6pm Winter-Maple Family-Friendly Bikeway Open House (Give feedback on the newest progress update!)
- 5pm-6pm Neighborhood Walk with Community Leaders (Learn how healthy streets create healthy neighborhoods!)
- 6pm-7:30pm Presentation and Q & A with Dan Burden (Ask the hard questions about how to make it happen in Salem!)
Light snacks and refreshments provided by North Salem High School catering.
Interpreter services provided when request received prior to May 17.
Raffle prizes have been donated by the following local businesses: South Salem Cycleworks, The Bike Peddler, NW Hub, and Salem Summit!