BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This month, Lakeshore Foundation will host the Alabama Inclusive, Healthy Communities Summit. The Summit helps communities with walkability by creating healthier designs.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of walkability and what it takes to create connected, inclusive, and healthy communities that are safe for all ages and abilities. The two-day event features renowned walkability expert Mark Fenton along with a walk audit facilitator training and national, state, and local level speakers. That include Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Birmingham City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, Zyp BikeShare Executive Director Keith M. Rawls, National Complete Streets Coalition Director Emiko Atherton, and Dirtworks President David Kamp.
The Summit features 3P recommendations for area walkability, how communities can walk to a healthier design, stories on healthy communities featuring Mayor Brocato and Councilor O’Quinn, and a panel on who benefits from walkability. Day one attendees will also take part in walk audit facilitator training so they can better identify the diverse needs of a community and generate user feedback.
The Summit is for those representing health, disability, planning, public works, parks and recreation, economic development, school, housing, transit, elected and appointed officials, researchers, business and advocacy. It will be held over September 24th and 25th at the UAB Alumni House on 10th Avenue South in Birmingham.