Bangor Walkability Forum

Bangor walkability photo collage The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development and Sustainability

An Exploration of the Transportation Ecosystem

Join us at a half day forum in Downtown Bangor examining how Maine towns and cities can embrace the benefits of walkable communities.

Tuesday September 19th, 8:15a-12:30pm

In Maine we know that having a walkable town or city is just as important to elders as it is to millennials and families. This forum is designed to inspire and prepare communities to improve walking conditions as a way to boost health, economic development, and sustainability for citizens, businesses, and institutions. Explore the many creative ways, from infrastructure to events, that communities can develop vibrant villages and downtowns as well as artful connections to open spaces outside of the city center.

The day opens with a light breakfast and networking time. The plenary session provides an evidence-based overview of why walkability matters followed by the break-out session which provide success stories and replicable models presented by local leaders. All sessions are nestled in downtown Bangor venues including the new Bangor Symphony Orchestra practice space in the Nichols Building, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, CoeSpace, and First National Bank.

Hourly & Daily Parking available at multiple downtown Bangor Parking sites. Check this site for locations, hours, and rates:


We will continue to update the program as we confirm additional details – please check back!

8:15a  Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00a  Plenary Panel Discussion – The Case For Walkability

Nichols Block, 193 Exchange St, Bangor (New home of Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Launchpad, and Bangor Ballet)

  • Rebecca Boulos MPH PhD, Executive Director Maine Public Health Association; Senior Research Associate, USM, Cutler Institute for Health & Social Policy
  • Nancy Grant, Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Kara Benson Wilbur, Director, Principle; Coordinator of Build Maine

10:30a Transition to Breakout Session Locations, Networking

11:00a Breakout panel presentations & discussions, various locations, Downtown Bangor

  1. Walkability & Health
    • Moderated by Dyan Walsh, Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Patty Hamilton, Director, Bangor Public Health
    • Presenters TBA
  2. Walkability & Economic Development – A Bangor Case Study
    • Moderated by Joshua Gass, Lauchpad & Downtown Bangor Partnership
    • Tanya Emery, Director, Community & Economic Development Department, City of Bangor
    • Sean Gambrel, Planner & Historic Preservation Specialist, City of Bangor; Coordinator of Friends of Lower Kenduskeag Stream
  3. Walkability & Sustainability
    • Moderated by Karen Marysdaughter, Peace & Justice Center
    • Hank Garfield, Author, BDN Blog ‘Slower Traffic’
    • Peter Garret, Sustain Mid Maine
    • Sadie Lloyd, Planner, City of Belfast
  4. Bangor Walkability & Pedestrian Safety Audit
    • Erik Da Silva, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
    • This is a walking tour of sites around Bangor of concern to pedestrians. Participate in identifying these sites and discuss pedestrian dangers and challenges at the August 16th Maine Dept of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Forum in Bangor. Learn more about this event and the statewide pedestrian safety work here.

Sponsorships are available! Make your organization visible! For sponsorship information, please contact Tyler Kidder

Event Partners include:

  • City of Bangor
  • Downtown Bangor Partnership
  • Bangor Regional 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
  • LaunchPad
  • Bangor Greendrinks
  • Bangor Climate Action Team

This event is generously sponsored by

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