It shouldn’t be harder to walk or cycle than it is to drive a car. Dana Burghdoff is working behind the scenes and on the streets to change that, helping Complete Streets policies and Active Transportation Plans move forward in Fort Worth.
Dana Burghdoff understands how our built environment can support—or discourage—moving naturally.
For 20 years Dana has worked for the City of Fort Worth, most recently as the Assistant Director of Planning and Development, helping promote orderly growth and development, safe construction, and neighborhood vitality. She’s also served with many boards and organizations dedicated to improving transportation options throughout North Texas.
Studies show that just by making our communities more walkable, the prevalence of obesity can decrease by more than 10 percent. Complete Streets policies and Active Transportation Plans help communities move away from automobile-centric development to better accommodate all users and modes of transportation.
And that’s where Dana comes in. Through her role at the city, and as chair of the Blue Zones Project Built Environment Implementation Committee, Dana worked hand-in-hand with the Blue Zones Project team and numerous city entities and civic partners to help lay the groundwork for a more walkable community. The results will help Fort Worth residents live longer by making choices easier for them:
Dana is committed to removing impediments to natural movements. “It shouldn’t be harder to walk or bike than it is to drive,” she said. “It shouldn’t be harder to get healthy options than it is to go through the drive thru and get fast food.”