Georgia Walks Summit to focus on making the region, state more walkable

By Guest Columnist SALLY FLOCKS, founder, president and CEO of PEDS

When I founded PEDS 20 years ago, people who walk were not on Atlanta’s radar screen. Not so anymore. Walkable communities are now a top priority for both the region and state.

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Sally Flocks of PEDS

Indeed, walking trails are popping up across the state, and the region’s walkable urban spaces are attracting a growing share of new office space and retail.

Even the Georgia Department of Transportation is now on board. GDOT is partnering with PEDS to present the Georgia Walks Summit, the first statewide gathering of people committed to creating walkable communities.

We’re thrilled to bring two of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever heard – Mark Fenton and Gil Penalosa – to Georgia as the summit’s keynote speakers.

Fenton’s credentials are too long to list, but he is perhaps best known as the former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television.

Penalosa’s background is equally impressive. He launched the world’s first open streets movement in Bogotá and, today, serves as the founder and board chairman of 8-80 Cities, an organization that seeks to makes cities work well for people of all ages.

But that’s not all.

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Georgia does walk. This is the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk in 2012 (Photo by Maria Saporta)

Breakout sessions focus on a range of topics, including walking audits, healthy communities, public engagement, Safe Routes to School, complete streets, sidewalk maintenance, and transportation funding. We’ll also consider ways communities can work together to create a culture of safety, something Georgia desperately needs.

The summit will be in Macon on June 16-17, and registration is open through June 13.

If you’re a transportation or public health professional, elected official or just want to learn more about making your community more walkable, the Georgia Walks Summit is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

To learn more, please click here.

Together, let’s get Georgia Walking.

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Georgia Walks Summit poster

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