Messaging for Walkability: A Guide for Pedestrian Advocates
Pedestrian safety movements of all sizes usually start with an individual who attracts a group interested in creating safer spaces. Talking points and facts from this Cal Walks resource can be used as aids in gathering community, organizational or political support. Each of us may find that the messages and facts presented here are in full alignment with our work or that this resource is a starting place to define messages and strategy-a starting point from which we, as pedestrian advocates, can build, moving forward in creating a safer, healthier, and more accessible pedestrian friendly California.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21): Changes to & Implications for Active Transportation in Federal Transportation Law
Adapted from California Walks’ participation on the MAP-21 Working Group of the Caltrans Active Transportation and Livable Communities (ATLC) Advisory Committee, this issue brief briefly describes major changes for active transportation programs under the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Training for Caltrans Staff, November 2010
California Walks co-authored this report by the Healthy Transportation Network (a project of California Active Communities) that examined existing Caltrans  bicycle- and pedestrian-related technical training strategies, programs, and opportunities provided to its staff, and makes recommendations for how Caltrans can improve staff training opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian issues.

Economic Benefits of Walkability

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Walk Toward Economic Stability: Walkability and Home Values in Sacramento (by WALKSacramento)

Economic Benefits of Walkability: A Case Study in La Jolla, CA (by WalkSanDiego)

Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings

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Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings: A Summary of Workshop Outcomes from Spring 2009-Spring 2011
The Community Pedestrian Safety Training (CPST) program is a joint project of the University of California at Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks that aims to make it safer and more pleasant to walk in one’s communities. The half-day training is designed for local neighborhood residents and safety advocates concerned about pedestrian safety and walkability and interested in strategies for improving it. It often complements other training or planning that took place in the city among professional traffic planners and engineers, enforcement, public health practitioners and others. This report highlights outcomes and activities that have followed the CPST in these cities

Community Pedestrian Safety Workshops in California
This paper highlights the partnership between California Walks and SafeTREC in conducing community-based pedestrian safety workshops in California.

PhotoVoice & VideoVoice Mapping Case Studies

[EXPAND Click to expand]High School Youth Video Voice for Transportation Equity Engagement: A Case Study, 2011
California Walks was invited to work with youth in a 9th grade Ethnic Studies class at Mission High
School (MHS) in San Francisco. The class was studying a unit on civic engagement and social movements,
and California Walks was brought in as an example of an advocacy organization working to improve the
physical and social community environment through civic engagement and social action. The goal of this project was to educate and engage youth in pedestrian safety transportation justice and equity and simultaneously document the process for future replication.

Building a Healthy & Safe Communities Workforce with California Walks Youth Leaders: A Case Study, 2011

Seniors Taking Timely Action in Alhambra: A Case Study, 2011

Southern Humboldt Photovoice Project: A Case Study, 2011 

VideoVoice with Older Adult Walking VideoVoice with Older Adult Walking Clubs to Promote Health, Walking, & Pedestrian Safety, 2010
California Walks was selected as one of twelve national demonstration sites for a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demonstration grant to conduct four workshops on older adult pedestrian safety. In the summer and fall of 2010, we partnered with the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC) and their walking clubs to provide the workshops in Oakland, California. This report provides a snapshot of our exciting and engaging accomplishments to increase walking for older residents and improve the walking environment in Oakland.

Walkable Neighborhoods for Seniors: The Alameda County Experience
The Walkable Neighborhoods for Seniors (WN4S) project was designed to develop and promote safe and accessible neighborhood walking routes for seniors. This article describes a case study of the efforts put forth by one local lead agency—United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC).

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Walkability Assessments/Community Action Plans

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Template, 2010 
California Walks  Executive Director Wendy Alfsen contributed to the development of this template, which provides local agencies with a simple tool for creating a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) with few resources.

Lompoc School Walkability Assessments, 2010

California Walks was invited by the Healthy Lompoc Coalition to conduct walkability assessments around four public schools in Lompoc, CA and identifies overall walkability observations with specific priorities for each of the four sites. The City of Lompoc has prioritized and therefore previously been successful in obtaining Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) grants for infrastructure and engineering improvements near schools. The four school walk assessments note both the City’s already funded priorities and identify additional areas for pedestrian improvements that, with the appropriate funding sources,can improve both the walkability of the school neighborhoods as well as the overall walkability of Lompoc, CA. School walkability assessments in this report can be used in conjunction with other determinants of health (i.e.: access to healthy food, bicycle networks, access to usable green space, and access to healthcare) to improve the health of Lompoc residents.

Scripps Kensington Retirement Community Center Assessment, Alhambra, 2010

California Walks was invited by residents of Scripps Kensington to deliver a workshop on pedestrian safety. The workshop’s goal was to empower residents through knowledge, group work, and by creating an action plan to improve pedestrian safety around Scripps Kensington. The workshop was sponsored by the Residents Council.

Participants came to the workshop ready to learn about pedestrian safety and identify priorities for next steps in improving pedestrian safety in Alhambra. The training resulted in a concrete list of priorities and next steps.

Creating Healthy Communities by Improving Opportunities for Walking, Bicycling, and Safe Places for Play and Other Physical Activity, 2007
California Walks collaborated with the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services Policy and Prevention Division, The HEAL Project/El Proyecto HEAL, and Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Initiative HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) technical assistance program to conduct two community workshops and walkability assessments in South Santa Rosa. This report summarizes the workshops findings, as well as provides recommendations for improved walkability, increased physical activity and strengthened community engagement and empowerment.

Report & Recommendations to Improve Stiern Park, 2007

In 2007, California Walks was invited to conduct a walkability workshop for the Greenfield Walking Group in South Kern County. California Walks facilitated a community-driven process to identify and propose solutions for how to improve the unsafe conditions of Stiern Park-ranging from agressive dogs to roving gang members to broken bottles-as well as the crossing difficulties mothers had in getting to the park itself. As a result of these efforts, the Greenfield Walking Group transformed the park and eventually secured funds to construct a new walking path through the park.[/EXPAND]


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Pedestrian Safety Workshop: A Focus on Older Adults, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2011


Conference Presentations & Abstracts

[EXPAND Click to expand]Tony Dang. “Organizing from the Ground Up to Win Mobility Choices for All.” Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley Summit, San Jose, CA. Feb. 22, 2014.

California Walks Youth Leaders, Tony Dang & Wendy Alfsen. “Advancing Community-driven Action Research: Walkability Assessments through VideoVoice.” American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Nov. 2-6, 2013.

California Walks Youth Leaders, Tony Dang & Wendy Alfsen. “California Walks Youth Leaders: Peer-Mentorship & Leadership Development for Community-Driven Healthy Transportation Advocacy.” American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Nov. 2-6, 2013.

MariaJose Diaz, Christopher Chavez, California Walks Youth Leaders & Wendy Alfsen. “Walking the Talk of Community Change.” Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, Washington, D.C. Oct. 1-3, 2013

Tony Dang, “Assessing Statewide Pedestrian Infrastructure Needs.” Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, Washington, D.C. Oct. 1-3, 2013

MariaJose Diaz, Christopher Chavez, California Walks Youth Leaders. “VideoVoice Walkshop: Exploring Community- and Youth-Driven Walk Assessments.” Safe Routes to School National Conference.” Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA. Aug. 13-15, 2013.

Tony Dang. “When Communities Speak Up! Equity & Empowerment in SRTS Efforts.” Safe Routes to School National Conference.” Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA. Aug. 13-15, 2013.

Wendy Alfsen. “Securing Stable Safe Routes to School Funding: Creative Financing Examples.” Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA. Aug. 13-15, 2013.

Tony Dang, Wendy Alfsen, & California Walks Youth Leaders. “How to Leverage Digital Community-Based Participatory Research Tools to Make the Case for Walkable Communities & Healthy Neighborhoods.” Active Living Research 10th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Feb.  26-28, 2013.

California Walks Youth Leaders, Rhianna Babka & Wendy Alfsen. “Youth VideoVoice Engagement in Healthy Transportation Equity.” American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Oct. 27-31, 2012.

Rhianna Babka & Wendy Alfsen. “How to grow an older adult pedestrian safety movement in your community.” American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Oct. 27-31, 2012. Poster Presentation.

California Walks Youth Leaders & Wendy Alfsen. “A national voice for young adults working to promote community-driven health equity and social justice.” American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Oct. 27-31, 2012

Bob Planthold. “Separated Bikeways: Who’s Left Out in Planning & Implementation.” Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Aug. 12-15, 2012.

Rhianna Babka & Wendy Alfsen. “Engaging older adults (using Video and PhotoVoice) as effective health advocates for increased access, safe mobility, physical activity and access to goods and services.” American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.

Rhianna Babka & Wendy Alfsen. “Engaging Older Adults in Safe and Active Transportation and Mobility Policymaking.” Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington, D.C. Aug. 31-Sep. 1, 2011.

Rhianna Babka. “Using VideoVoice with High School Youth For Equitable and Healthy Transportation Engagement and Planning.” Safe Routes to School National Conference. Minneapolis, MN. Aug. 16-18, 2011.

Rhianna Babka, Jill Cooper, Wendy Alfsen & Marilyn Sabin. “Community Pedestrian Safety Workshops in California.” American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. Nov. 6-10, 2010.

Brooke DuBose, Wendy Alfsen, Tamara Redmon, & Peter Lagerwey. “Pedestrian Safety Programs Across the US.” Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference 2010. Chattanooga, TN. Sep. 13-16, 2010.

Rhianna Babka & Wendy Alfsen. “Youth Engagement in Pedestrian Safety using VideoVoice, PhotoVoice and other Multi-media Strategies.” Special Interest Meeting. Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference 2010. Chattanooga, TN. Sep. 13-16, 2010.

Wendy Alfsen & Rhianna Babka. “Walkability Assessments.” LA StreetSummit 2010. Los Angeles, CA. Mar. 30, 2010.

Wendy Alfsen. “SRTS: Overcoming Liability Concerns and Engaging Youth.” California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. Apr. 6-9, 2011.

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