Author Jeff Speck on the Need to Become a More Walkable Nation

Hosted in Dallas, the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference was an opportunity for elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages. The following video begins with a teaser about a winning project from the 2017 AARP Community Challenge.  Keynote Address: Towards a More Walkable Nation Jeff Speck, City Planner, Urban Designer and Author of Walkable City   Learn …

Surgeon General Rx: More Walking, Walkable Places

In his just-released Call to Action on Walking, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more and make all communities safer and easier for walking. His office will partner with schools, citizens groups and businesses to meet these goals. (To get people moving they’ve even loaded a walking playlist on Pandora.)  >> GET LIVABLE! Subscribe to the award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter “Walking is a simple, effective and affordable way to build physical activity …

How to Make a City More Walkable

Recognizing the need for more walkable communities to benefit older adults and people of all ages, Marketplace Weekend, an American Public Media broadcast that airs on NPR, visited with Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of the AARP state and national group, which includes AARP Livable Communities. >> See if your town or city is in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities AARP’s efforts to help communities become less car-dependent are motivated by the reality that, by 2030, 20 percent of …

Pedestrian Safety Is Long Overdue on Long Island

Sunrise Highway, also known as Route 27, is an east-west thoroughfare that extends across Long Island, from the New York borough of Brooklyn to the seaside village of Montauk Point. At several points along the way (most notably in an eight-mile stretch in Nassau County) Sunrise Highway is crowded with shopping centers and strip malls, dangerous intersections, tightly placed on-off ramps – and limited or nonexistent safety features for pedestrians. The highway is routinely cited as being one of the …

Driving Around in Circles Is a Good Thing

Really, it is. So long as the circle you’re driving in is a modern roundabout. Unlike traditional roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles, which can be terrifyingly large, complex and fast (Paris’s Arc de Triomphe sits at the center of one such risky round roadway), modern roundabouts are smaller, simpler and slower. Subscribe Today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter In fact, by making the streets that pass through neighborhoods slower and narrower, modern roundabouts help roads become safer for motorists and pedestrians. …

Walking to the White House

Updated May 13, 2014: If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, 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 …