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Blue Zones Presents:

Designing for Healthier Communities: Broaden Your City-Making Skills
A 3-Day Tour in and around Seattle, Washington

May 15-17, 2019

Fall tour details coming soon

Join us this spring as we explore on foot, bike, and public transit how transportation and land use decisions directly impact the well-being of people and the environment in Seattle and surrounding communities. We will hear firsthand from local leaders on the urban and suburban strategies needed to move policy into practice. The tour will focus on the region’s shift to putting people first, dumping the auto-oriented sprawl model and focusing on directing growth inward, expanding public transit and protecting green space to shape a healthier environment for all.

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  • Tour designed to keep you moving—expect to get 10,000 steps a day
  • Learn strategies on shifting mode share away from single occupancy—47.3% of all trips in the Seattle area are active modes (walking, bicycling, and transit)
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  • Three full days of learning/exploring
  • Focus on peer-to-peer experiential learning–we recommend you attend the Designing for Healthier Communities experience with 2 to 3 peers from your community
  • Take inspiration from local experts and learn how they bring change, moving from policy to implementation
  • Start each day by meeting at Mithūn, home to the experts of creating meaningful places
  • Enjoy “Wine at 5” together to debrief


  • Address rapid implementation techniques;
  • Learn from affordable and mixed-income housing projects; and
  • Understand how connected, compact and walkable city-design in Seattle produces higher levels of physical, social, environmental and economic well-being, thus optimizing an individual’s life radius—90% of daily doings can be achieved within a 20- min walk or bike

BUILT ENVIRONMENT & WALKABILITY EXPERTS: Walkability pioneer Dan Burden, Director of Innovation & Inspiration at Blue Zones and Samantha Thomas, Built Environmentalist and architect of city-making tours, will be your guides as you learn about what makes cities and towns work for people.


  • $1,500

Includes tour, ground transportation, one welcome happy hour, one group dinner, and light snacks. More details to come. The fee does not cover airfare or lodging. A processing fee will be applied to online purchases. Checks can be made out to Blue Zones, LLC, and mailed to Blue Zones, 323 Washington Ave N, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN, 55401. If paying by check, please email Blue Zones with registration contact information details (name, email, street address, etc.).

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  • $450

We are excited to invite our participants to join us for an optional extension on Saturday, May 18th that will include an all-day tour to Victoria, B.C., Canada. The added registration price will be $450 (online payments include a processing fee), which includes the high-speed ferry to Victoria, a box lunch, ground transportation, and bike rentals. We will depart Seattle at 7:30 AM and return at 9:45 PM. When you register with us, please include in the comment box if you will be adding this additional date to your tour. To be eligible for the add-on tour, participants must complete the full Seattle tour.

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