New Webinar- Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky
Date and Time: Thursday, February 11th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
About the Webinar
America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continues February 11th by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. In the last few years, this partnership effort, led by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department for Public Health, has helped 30 communities across the state to develop, adopt and start to fund and implement pedestrian plans.
In 2012, the multi-agency Partnership for a Fit Kentucky identified community access to physical activity as a top priority, and developed a strategy to promote policy, environmental, and system changes that support active lifestyles. The centerpiece of this strategy is to provide community-level coalitions of stakeholders with technical assistance to help them develop plans for improving and expanding their pedestrian infrastructure. Communities, often through their local public health agencies, have been given resources for conducting walkability audits, technical assistance in interpreting audit results, funding and support for conducting local planning processes, and travel grants to attend more centralized workshops.
Shellie Wingate, Healthy Communities Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Department for Public Health will provide the background to this project, including some of the details of the partnership development process. Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will then explain how he identified the assistance and resources needed by communities and summarize the current workshop curriculum. And, third, Stephen Berry with Walk Bike Clark County, a community near Lexington which participated in a recent workshop, will describe the community’s experience and how they are approaching developing and implementing heir pedestrian plan.
Finally, Shellie and Troy will discuss their future plans for expanding the reach of this program across the state.
About the Presenters
Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, America Walks
Shellie Wingate, Healthy Communities Program Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Public Health: Shellie Wingate has been the Healthy Communities Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Department for Public Health since December 2010. In this role, she staffs the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky and provides training, resources, technical assistance and funding opportunities to Kentucky communities that are working to improve access to physical activity and healthy foods through systems, environment and policy changes. Shellie has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and is a nationally certified personal fitness trainer and wellness coach. Additionally, she is an avid runner, cyclist and walker and promotes safe and convenient walkability in her own community.
Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Troy Hearn has been the Bicycle and Pedestrian Statewide Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for 4 years. During this time, he has worked collaboratively with the Department for Public Health to promote healthy, active modes of transportation, including developing a “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” workshop curriculum which has led to the creation and adoption of 30 pedestrian plans throughout the state. Troy is an active pedestrian and bicyclist, has served on the boards of several state and regional bike/walk advocacy organizations and, prior to joining the Transportation Cabinet, worked in the bicycle industry for 25 years. He has a degree in Business and Marketing from the University of KY.
Stephen Berry, GISP, GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS: Stephen M. Berry, GISP is the GIS Coordinator for the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky. He has 20 years of experience in spatial information systems, that includes work in the private and public sector. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. Stephen has an interest in improving community health, safety, and economic outcomes by employing innovative approaches to local government services. He became involved in local pedestrian and bicycling issues through his support of local government planning and information. He is currently chairperson of the local Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The Clark County BPAC is working to establish a Master Walk-Bike Transportation Plan for Winchester and Clark County. Mr. Berry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia. He resides with his wife and son in Berea, Kentucky.
We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.