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Walking to the White House

Posted By Livable Communities Team On May 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm In Livable Communities | Comments Disabled

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (right) greets walkability expert (and White House honoree) Dan Burden. [1]

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (right) greets walkability expert (and White House honoree) Dan Burden.

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014):

If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash. [2], where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C. [3], by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so.

As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute [4], Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was recognized as a “Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” Champion of Change [5].

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Each week, the White House Champions of Change program recognizes “ordinary Americans [who] are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” Burden, who consults for AARP and contributes to the Livable Communities blog [7], was among 11 individuals honored [8] for providing “exemplary leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to the 21st century opportunities.”

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The White House “Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” Champions of Change.

Read some of Dan’s recent blog posts to learn more about his mission to get us on our feet - and talking more about walking:

 

Photos by Jeanne Anthony

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[1] Image: http://www.dot.gov/secretary

[2] Port Townsend, Wash.: http://local.aarp.org/port-townsend-wa/

[3] Washington, D.C.: http://travel.aarp.org/destinations/united-states/washington-dc/

[4] Walkable and Livable Communities Institute: http://www.walklive.org

[5] “Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” Champion of Change: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions

[6] >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=19061&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-HLTH

[7] Livable Communities blog: http://blog.aarp.org/author/great-places-blog-team/

[8] 11 individuals honored: http://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/champions-change-transportation-are-building-ladders-opportunity

[9] Where Have All Our Young People Gone?: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/31/great-places-blog-where-have-all-our-young-people-gone/

[10] ‘No Finer Place for Sure’ – Go Downtown: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/16/great-places-blog-dan-burden-go-downtown/

[11] Remember When Kids Went Outside to Play?: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/01/great-places-blog-remember-when-kids-went-outside-to-play/

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/category/great-places/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] Follow us on Twitter @LivableCmnty: https://twitter.com/LivableCmnty

[14] AARP.org/livable: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/

[15] Sign up for the Livable Communities Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/livable-community-news-alerts/?intcmp=BL-IL-EMAIL-SUB-LC

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[17] Why it’s good to drive in circles: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/livability-factsheet-modern-roundabouts.html

[18] Slideshow: A Livable Communities Show & Tell: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-slideshow/livable-community-features-slideshow/

[19] The 10 most walkable cities in the U.S.: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/21/great-places-blog-10-most-walkable-cities-us/

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