The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development and Sustainability
Join us at a half day forum in Downtown Bangor exploring how Maine towns and cities can embrace the benefits of walkable communities.
Tuesday September 19th, 8:30a-12pm
Walkability is a measure of how friendly a community is to walking, biking and public transit. Municipalities with higher “walk scores” experience significant health, environmental, and economic benefits. Maine has experienced both an increase in the number of people interested in living in downtowns (aka walkable communities) and an increase in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in the last two years. A number of stakeholders in Bangor are already involved in creating a more walkable community and committed to further progress. For this reason, Bangor would be an ideal place to hold an event around walkability.
With that in mind, GrowSmart Maine, in partnership with local stakeholders, is organizing a Walkability Forum in downtown Bangor on September 19, 2017. The goal is to showcase existing models for walkability, share experiences, connect attendees with resources, and stimulate further efforts toward making Maine downtowns healthier, greener, and more economically viable.
8:30a Networking Breakfast – Union St. Brick Church
9:00a Plenary Panel Discussion – Union St. Brick Church
10:30a Breakout workshops, tours, and demonstrations in various locations, Downtown Bangor
- Walkability & Health
- Walkability & Economic Development
- Walkability & Sustainability
Sponsorships are available! Make your organization visible! For sponsorship information, please contact Tyler Kidder.
Event Partners include:
- City of Bangor
- Downtown Bangor Partnership
- Bangor Chamber of Commerce
- Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- Maine Discovery Museum
- Eastern Maine Development Corp
- Alpha One
- Transportation for All
- Walk n Roll
- Bangor Y
- Livable Communities
- Bangor Climate Action Team