'Walkability' workshop set for Rockland
Rockland — On Monday, Oct. 29, Rockland community members are invited to join Dan Burden from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and Jane Lafleur from Friends of Midcoast Maine in a workshop to look at ways to make Camden Street more walkable.
Dan Burden is a renowned expert on "walkability" and has helped 3,500 communities nationwide to make communities more walk able and livable.
Walking Audits are a powerful workshop tool for redesign and visioning. 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. Burden has spent more than 35 years helping the world get “back on its feet” and his efforts have not only earned him the first-ever lifetime-achievement award issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, but in 2001, Burden was named by Time magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” Also that year, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences honored Burden by making him its distinguished lecturer.
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.
The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. at the Breakwater Marketplace, 91 Camden St. It will be held rain or shine and included a light dinner. Registration is free for Rockland residents, businesses and property owners, but space is limited so pre-registration is required by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or registering online at friendsmidcoast.org . All others must pay $10 in advance.
The workshop is co-sponsored by Friends of Midcoast Maine, the city of Rocklandand the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. FMM has held similar workshops in Camden and Thomaston. FMM works in the Midcoast from Brunswick to Bucksport to help communities shape their future. For more information visit friendsmidcoast.org or call 236-1077.