Resources

Next Steps – Where to get help when taking that next step in the journey towards an Active Towns status.

We hope we’ve helped to inspire you to take action in your city, community or neighborhood. Email john@activetowns.org if you’d like to have Active Towns profile your community or provide a presentation on how to create a Culture of Activity and the benefits of doing so.

Resources and Suggested Links – The following are a few additional resources where you can look for ideas, guidance and support.

South Main Play

Photo: Play time in South Main ~ Buena Vista, CO

Current Featured Organization:

Walk2Connect.org is an innovative worker-owned cooperative working to create whole-health walking programs focused on connection to others, to the places we live, and to ourselves.

Consulting Firms and Organizations:

Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning is a full service firm focused on revitalizing traditional towns, building great new places, growing neighborhoods, and fixing sprawl — by design.

Street Plans Collaborative is an award-winning urban planning, design, and research/advocacy firm known for advancing innovative practices to test and implement projects, Tactical Urbanism, for a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. They’ve also produced a helpful Guide to Materials and Design for Tactical Urbanism.

Strong Towns is a not-for-profit membership organization and a valued resource for discussions on land use, street design and the ponzi scheme of subsidized growth and suburban sprawl, just to mention a few topics.

Verdunity is a firm that provides infrastructure assessments, capital planning, repurposing existing transportation corridors as well as construction of fully integrated complete streets and open spaces.

Community Builders  provides direct technical assistance, trainings, research and webinars to deliver on-the-ground results, build local capacity and inspire future progress on the issues that matter most to communities. Also check out their sister site New Mobility West.

Center for Active Design is a not-for-profit organization committed to making health a central priority in the design and development of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.

Active Living by Design is a not-for-profit organization that works to create healthier places by addressing policies, systems and the built environment. 

Project for Public Spaces is the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places.

Gehl People is a global firm which focuses on working with their clients to create mutually beneficial relationships between people’s quality of life and their built environment. Founding Partner of Jan Gehl has published several books, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life” and most recently “How to Study Public Life”.

Copenhagenize Design Company is a multi-disciplinary “go-to team” for cities in all matters relating to bicycle culture, planning, traffic and communications.

Modacity is a communications and marketing firm focused on inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility through words, photography & film.

8 to 80 Cities  is a Canada-based non-profit organization with an international outlook. They promote walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails, and other public spaces as great places for all.

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Institute for Youth, Education, and Families of the National League of Cities Institute grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority.

Congress for the New Urbanism is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps to create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around.

Alta Planning is a firm committed to transforming communities one trip, one step, one street, park, trail, and intersection at a time.

Toole Design is a planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Culture of Activity Ambassadors:

Duzertv: Ryan Van Duzer of Boulder, Colorado produces energetic, adventurous multi-media content which inspires people to rise up from their coaches, get outdoors and have fun. We did a fun Culture of Activity Ambassador Profile with Ryan while riding bikes on Boulder’s Foothills Trail.

Nicole DeBoom: As a former professional triathlete, past Ironman Champion (Wisconsin 2004) and serial entrepreneur, Nicole has an amazing story and is inspiring others, far and wide, to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Be sure to check out her presentation titled Fueled by Positivity, her podcast, the new non-profit, Running Start, she has launched and the game changing company (Skirt Sports) she founded. Don’t miss her energetic Culture of Activity Ambassador Profile on our Vimeo Channel.

Bike & Pedestrian Advocacy:

Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play.

People for Bikes  is the movement to make riding better for everyone. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, PFB is uniting people to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits.

League of American Bicyclists  represents bicyclists in the movement to create
 safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle friendly America.

Rails to Trails transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places—ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.

Adventure Cycling is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.

Researchers, Authors and Publications:

Active Living Research promotes activity-friendly communities by moving research into action.

Richard J Jackson, MD is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles and co-author of two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities and the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name.

John Ratey, MD is a best selling author, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. With the publication of  “Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection.

Street Design The Secret to Great Cities and Towns by Victor Dover and John Massengale is one of best books out there on the impact that streets have on our communities.

Island Press is a publisher dedicated to providing the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. Several of the books mentioned, linked above can be found at Island Press.