Planning for All Ages and Abilities Through Inclusive and Virtual Walk Audits

Walk audits are a common public engagement activity used in pedestrian planning, but often are not accessible to or inclusive of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are more likely to rely on walking for daily trips and may be more aware of and impacted by problems in the transportation network. Planning and street design processes benefit from incorporating the expertise of people with disabilities; when a street is accessible for people with disabilities, it is accessible for all people. The Inclusive Walk Audit Facilitator’s Guide, developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and Alta Planning + Design, provides specific guidance and information on how to better include people with disabilities and to highlight disability in walk audits so that planning processes are more inclusive. More information.

Webinar: Designing Complete Streets for an Aging America

By 2040, about one in six Americans will be older that 65. This presents a challenge for cities: How do they design streets and neighborhoods for an aging America? In this webinar, hosted by Scott Berson from the Coastal Regional Commission, participants will talk about why cities need to focus on designing “complete streets” that cater to all ages, so older Americans can live productive, meaningful and safe lives well into their golden years. Registration.

Webinar: Connecting Trails, Connecting Communities

ARC Trails Webinar

This webinar will explore some of the key community projects that would turn Atlanta’s existing patchwork of trails into a truly transformative, cohesive network. It will address:

• The disconnected nature of the region’s trail network, which limits the ability of trails to serve as a means of daily transportation
• The lack of access to trails in some parts of metro Atlanta, despite robust investment across the region in recent years.
• The key projects needed to connect existing trails and build out the regional trail network

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Webinar: Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways

Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways is a two-part panel event examining the lasting impact of urban freeways and how our next infrastructure investments must be different than the ways we’ve invested in the past. Join the event to hear from leading experts in the field. More information.

Webinar: Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event

In a year that carried the undertone of general collective heartache and cancelled in-person events we learned a whole lot – and one thing we learned was the vast power and potential for virtual convenings and events to successfully connect people from all walks of life around walking, moving and advocating for healthy, people-first communities.
Hear from panelists from three different walking/moving organizations who have recent, hands-on experience and knowledge around developing virtual walking/moving events in our sphere. Registration and more information.

Federal Policy Update: Biden’s infrastructure plan and what it means for bikes

Join the League for a discussion of Biden’s infrastructure plan and what it means for bikes, reauthorization and advocacy this summer.   We’ll also talk about National Bike Summit follow up – “Member hearing day” in the transportation committee is next week.  Plus what to watch for this summer– and what you can do to help us take advantage of the great opportunities to promote bicycle friendly policy in Congress this year. Registration and more information.

Webinar: The Basics of Bikeway Selection at Intersections and with Parking

Since the release of the FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide in 2019, agencies have integrated the guide into roadway design policies, bicycle transportation plans, and corridor studies. The guide outlines a process for selecting a preferred bikeway and assessing selection in context of roadway conditions and traffic activity. But, practitioners frequently ask “How do I apply the Bikeway Selection Guide to complex intersections?” and “How do I assess the tradeoffs and options for bikeway selection with on street parking?” FHWA has responded to these questions by generating two new supplemental resources to the Bikeway Selection Guide: Traffic Analysis and Intersection Considerations to Inform Bikeway Selection and On Street Motor Vehicle Parking and the Bikeway Selection Process. During this webinar, authors will provide an overview of the information included in these resources. Panelists include Lauren Blackburn (VHB), Dan Goodman (Toole Design) and Jared Draper (Toole Design). More information and registration.

Webinar: Dangerous by Design 2021

The United States has a crisis: the number of people struck and killed while walking increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017. In 2018 alone, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes, the highest fatality rate since 1990.

This alarming increase in the number of people killed while walking is happening because our streets, which have been designed to move vehicles as fast as possible almost all the time, are incredibly dangerous for everyone else who needs to use them. It has been more than a decade since Smart Growth America released the first edition of Dangerous by Design, and the problem has only gotten worse.

Join the report authors and some special guests to discuss the findings of  the report, how dangerous streets continue to put vulnerable people walking and traveling actively at risk, and what needs to happen to address this terrible trend. Registration and more information.