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New Webinar: “Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability”

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Webinar Title: Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday June 14th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar
When talking about opportunities to walk, knowing where to walk and what makes an attractive walk are key. Data, mapping tools, and assessments can be useful in making the argument for walkable communities and the development of healthy and inclusive cities. Learn about some of the leading tools available to walking advocates.
Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Learn the importance of collecting and using evidence and how to use this evidence to create change in their own communities
  • Explore research being done on new and unique ways of collecting walkability data
  • Hear from a community working to create walkable communities by collecting data and assessing their finding.
About the Presenters

Geoffrey Battista is a PhD candidate in geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He examines how pedestrian planning instruments and documents can better incorporate the needs of vulnerable groups, particularly those for whom socioeconomic disadvantage is a primary determinant of travel behavior. For more information, visit http://www.geoffreybattista.com or @GeoffBattista on Twitter.

 

Karen Lane, MEd, is the Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager at Lewis and Clark Public Health in Helena, Montana. She manages the Plan4Health grant awarded to the local Healthy Communities Coalition by the American Planning Association and American Public Health Association. By creating and implementing a wayfinding system, the group wishes to improve health equity by increasing access to healthy nutrition and opportunities for physical activity.  Coalition partners are intent on ensuring that people of all ages, income and ability are actively engaged in the planning, assessment and implementation phases of the project. With the help of their consultants and a grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, they were able to modify their process and assessments tools to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities. Karen is an avid walker and hiker and a member of Bike Walk Helena and Bike Walk Montana.

Allison Mouch, AICP, is a partner with Orion Planning + Design based out of Missoula, Montana.  Allison has over a decade of professional planning and design experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  Her areas of specialization include comprehensive plans, public engagement, code development, project management, mapping and analysis.  As past Planning Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Commerce, Allison managed the state’s Community Technical Assistance Program as well as the Montana Main Street Program, spending nearly five years assisting rural communities in their long-range planning and community development efforts.  She has extensive experience writing, evaluating and administering state and federal grants, and her leadership at Commerce resulted in greater collaboration on transportation planning, economic development and resilient planning strategies between state agencies and local governments.   Her range of experience includes working with private developers in the project planning, design and construction phases of community development; assisting local and regional governments in the planning and design of trail systems and park facilities; and facilitating collaboration between stakeholders on environmental policy and planning decisions.  Allison serves as the West Central Chapter president of the American Planning Association, is a professional member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and sits on the Montana Association of Planners executive board.

Kelly Rodgers is the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a non-profit organization developing an evidence-based transportation planning website that illustrates the effect of transportation strategies on community goals. Kelly has nearly 20 years of city planning experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in a variety of areas including green infrastructure and sustainable transportation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is currently a doctoral student in Urban Studies at Portland State University.