From East Coast To the West Coast: Active Transportation Successes

Date(s) - Nov 13, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Transportation Planning Division

This webcast will feature a series of compelling presentations on successes in active transportation.  The first presentation will be by John Paul Shaffer, “MEMFix: A Model for Reimagining Neighborhood Streets.” Since 2010, community leaders, activists, and city officials have collaborated on a series of events aimed at revitalizing tired neighborhood commercial areas. Inspired by “The Better Block,” MEMFix mixes tactical urbanism, creative placemaking, and an innovative approach to infrastructure, economic development, and municipal service delivery. MEMFix is a low-cost, stakeholder-led trial design showcasing the potential for dynamic neighborhood spaces, with renewed economic activity and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets. MEMFix events feature temporary or intermediate roadway and intersection redesigns, many of which receive funding for permanent implementation. One such project is the Hampline – a two-way protected bike lane project with broad community support – for which a gap in design funding was raised by the community using the ioby (in our backyard) crowd-funding platform. The second presentation will be by Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP, “Mode Shift Revolution:  Creating Active Communities where bicycling, walking, and using transit are safe, fun, and normal daily activities.” Communities face a big challenge as we strive to provide mobility and access that is efficient, equitable, and sustainable. A transportation system built almost exclusively around the single occupancy vehicle does none of these things and costs cities and their residents, money, time, and opportunity. However, how we transition to a multimodal system is not clear. Some communities are succeeding in making this transition. This presentation will highlight: Key steps that communities can take to begin the transition; What planners can do to support the transition; and Examples of plans and projects from communities achieving mode shift. The third presentation will be by Brooke DuBose, AICP, “Innovative Design Solutions for Pedestrian and Bicyclists. The landscape of pedestrian and bicycle design has changed tremendously over the past 5-10 years. As more innovative facilities are being built, communities are recognizing the increase in comfort and safety benefits they offer. This session will provide an overview of current design standards, new guidelines and other resources that have recently come online, and best practices in pedestrian and bicycle design innovation.

Speakers: John Paul Shaffer, AICP, Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP, and Brooke DuBose, AICP

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