Dear Campaign Advocate,
As you work to promote active transportation locally and attract more resources to do so, the following trainings and educational opportunities may be of value.
1) Portland's Smart Trips education program
This Friday, May 30, at 12 p.m. EDT, Linda Ginenthal and Dan Bower of Portland’s (Ore.) Office of Transportation will host a Web seminar (“webinar”) on the city’s "Smart Trips education program." Find out how Portland has evolved the individualized marketing approach to reducing drive-alone trips, while increasing walking, biking, carpooling and transit use, improving both accessibility and neighborhood livability. The program has inspired similar programs in Columbia, Mo., and Marin County, Calif.
Participants will view the presentation on their computers while listening on their telephones. They can ask questions, make comments and exchange advice. The cost is $50 per connection, with no limit on how many participants can use the same connection.
2) Context Sensitive Solutions: Designing Transportation Projects for People and Places
The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) are co-hosting a two-day training on "Context Sensitive Solutions: Designing Transportation Projects for People and Places," July 24-25 in Denver, Colo. The training, for advocates, local officials and planning/design professionals, will communicate the principles of context sensitive solutions and how these can balance various users’ needs.
3) Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Design and Planning
The Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) will host a week-long interactive course on "Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Design and Planning" on August 3-8, in Portland, Ore. Fundamentals of pedestrian and bicycle planning and design will be discussed through a week of classroom, field and project experience. The course is geared toward transportation planners, designers and engineers.
Additionally, RTC recently interviewed Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in San Francisco. Heminger served on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which examined the conditions and future needs of the nation’s transportation system. Read the interview now.