October 3, 2016 by Tanya Zwahlen
Last week, at the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association conference in Buffalo, the Genesee Transportation Council Regional Walkability Improvement Program won an award for best practice. We are delighted to share this award with a stellar team from GTC, Wendel Companies, Alta Planning + Design, Make Communities, and Mark Fenton.
In 2014 and 2015, we helped to organize audits in the following Genesee/Finger Lakes communities: Albion, Avon, Batavia, Canandaigua, Geneseo, Geneva, Medina, Penfield, and Rochester.
Our half-day agenda for each of walkability audits includes:
- A one hour presentation describing the tools available to create more walkable, bicycle-friendly settings.
- A one hour walking audit. Ideally entire group walks an area of concern, or an area considered for potential improvement.
- Small group discussion about potential improvements to the focus area.
- Presentations from small groups, discussion, next steps, and wrap-up.