WNY Walks! Walkability Summit:

Thursday June 13th and Friday June 14th

Buffalo Grand Hotel (Former Adam’s Mark), Downtown Buffalo

Pre-Registration Tickets Available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/wny-walks-walkability-summit-tickets-61707259073?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

9am Registration at the Door (Save With Pre-Registration; Onsite Registration Will be Welcome at Door)

Come explore walking, walkability, and more at the WNY Walks! Walkability Summit! The event will address challenges and resources regarding walking and walkability in the WNY Region including rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods.



Thursday June 13th

9:00 AM Registration Opens

10:45 AM-12:00 Noon Presentation- University at Buffalo: Make the Hooks Neighborhood Walkable Again (Optional Session/Open to the Public)

Break- explore downtown, grab lunch

1:00-2:00 PM Summit Opens: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Thomas of America Walks

2:15-4:15PM Breakout Action Session- Participate in a Facilitated Team Brainstorming Session; choose rural, urban or suburban walkability

5:00 PM Community Walk/Explore the Hook’s Neighborhood

Friday June 14th

9:00 AM Walk & Open Registration

10:00 AM-12 Noon Networking Kurfuffle- Engage with Community Organizations to learn about initiatives, network, and build your social capital

Break- Networking Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Amanda O’Rourke, CEO of 8-80 Cities

2:00-3:00 PM Breakout Action Plan Workshop- Build on prior brainstorming session and create action plans to address walking and walkability in WNY neighborhoods

3:00-4:00 PM Presentations of Breakout Action Plans

4:00-5:00 PM Summit Social Event, Initial Meeting of WNY Walks! Community Advocacy Consortium

5:00-6:00: Summit Closing/Community Walk in the Hook’s Neighborhood

Desired Outcomes From The Summit!

  • Continuing Education (APA) Credits (TBC)
  • Networking/Increased Social Capital
  • Future Community Economic and Environmental Benefits
  • Knowledge Regarding Improving your Neighborhoods Walkability
  • Draft Strategic Plan for Improving Walkability in WNY
  • Increased Physical Activity
  • Formation of Regional Walking Advocacy Consortium
  • Distribution of Walkability Assessment Toolkits


Please visit eventbrite to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wny-walks-walkability-summit-tickets-61707259073?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete 

Registration at the door: $49 bundle, $35 per day

Free Parking- Reduced Buffalo Grand Room Rates

US currency and Canadian currency at par accepted.

If you are interested in tabling, partnering, or becoming a sponsor, please contact the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo at (716)851-4052 or BeActive@City-Buffalo.org