On February 28, the public is invited to a series of free workshops that will address how residents and community leaders in West Orange can leverage streets and transportation investments to create places that are more supportive of economic development, active living, neighborhood health and safe access to schools.

Dan Burden, executive director of the non-profit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will share how communities throughout the country and Central Florida are approaching transportation projects as a means to add value to land and improve quality of life for residents and visitors, while moving traffic smoothly and efficiently.

The workshops will explain how traffic-calming measures, “road diets,” intersections, trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and other street design elements affect commercial districts, school areas and residential neighborhoods. Two of the workshops will conclude with optional “walking audits,” during which participants assess nearby streets to identify firsthand some of the barriers to safe, productive streets, and to discuss ways to overcome those barriers. Members of the public are invited to attend one or all of the workshops, which are scheduled as follows:

• Street Design & Your Business
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. (with optional walking audit until 9:45 a.m.)
City of Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL

StreetDesignWorkshop_Business_Flyer_2012-02-28mid-cmprs (PDF)

• Street Design & Your School
Tuesday, February 28
2:15 to 3:00 p.m. (with optional walking audit until 3:30 p.m.)
Lake Whitney Elementary School, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL

StreetDesignWorkshop_Schools_Flyer_2012-02-28mid-cmprs (PDF)

• Street Design & Your Neighborhood
Tuesday, February 28
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Children’s Lighthouse/People of Faith, 220 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL(near Roper YMCA and Southwest Aquatics)

StreetDesignWorkshop_Neighborhoods_Flyer_2012-02-28mid-cmprs (PDF)

The events are free and open to all members of the public, including business operators, homeowners, students and parents, school officials, elected leaders, healthcare providers, municipal staff, consultants, emergency responders, seniors’ representatives, property owners, parks and recreation providers, and more.

The workshops are supported by the City of Winter Garden, Safe Streets West Orange and the WALC Institute. For more information, email SafeStreetsWestOrange@gmail.com.

Author: Tory