Dan Burden, executive director and co-founder of Walkable and Livable
Communities Institute, is in Tucson to meet with staff from local
jurisdictions and lead a walking audit near the University of Arizona.
The audit will occur in the Rincon Heights neighborhood and will begin
at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The walking audit will begin
at the University of Arizona 6th Street Parking Garage kiosk (on the
west end of the parking garage), and media is invited attend the event.

Burden has spent more than 35 years helping the world get “back on
its feet” and his efforts have not only earned him the first-ever
lifetime achievement awards issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth
and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals but, in
2001, he was named by Time magazine as “one of the six most important
civic innovators in the world.”

Burden will meet with City of Tucson officials on Friday to discuss the
City’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety through a task force made
up staff from the Transportation, Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation
departments. The task force has developed a pedestrian safety strategy
that focuses on prioritized pedestrian transportation improvements,
education and enforcement of laws.

A walking audit reviews the walking conditions along specified streets
and is conducted by a diverse group of community members. Participants
experience firsthand the conditions that either support or create
barriers to walking.

Considerations in the audit may include: street width, speed of
traffic, block length, presence of good sidewalks, building location,
motorist behavior and pedestrian behavior.