One of the nation’s leading experts on walkable communities, Dan Burden, in December announced the creation of a new non-profit organization designed to teach community leaders and activists how to build walkable and livable communities.
The new group, the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute Inc., will be based in Port Townsend, Wash., which should make it fairly accessible for Alaska community leaders wanting to improve the design of their communities to be more friendly for biking and walking. Burden has been to Alaska several times, as a guest speaker on walkable and bikeable communities at the 2008 Sitka Health Summit and to work as a community planning consultant in Anchorage, Juneau, Homer and other Alaska communities. He also led the Hemistour Bicycle Expedition from Alaska to Argentina, a trek he photographed for National Geographic magazine.
Burden has played a key role in the creation of several other national biking and walking advocacy groups. He helped found and serves as executive director of Walkable Communities Inc. and he helped found Bikecentennial (which now is known as the Adventure Cycling Association). He also helped found the Bicycle Federation of America, which has as its biggest projects the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and the Active Living Resource Center. In the new group, Burden will be working with Sarah Bowman, who was a co-worker with Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Inc., the Florida-based community planning firm where Burden spent the past five years.