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New Webinar: A Path to a Walkable Future

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Webinar Title: A Path to a Walkable Future

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About this Webinar

Walkable communities are the most successful when people come together to create a place where every person has safe, accessible and enjoyable active transportation. What kind of coalitions and partnerships have worked best in creating walkability? How can walking advocates work with other sectors to create vital and vibrant communities for the future. Join us as we explore the path to a walkable future. This webinar assumes a level of basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

Attendees will:
  • Explore the role walking and walkability has on creating sustainable communities
  • Learn about coalitions and partnerships that have worked in creating walkable communities
  • Hear how different sectors and industries are engaging in the topic of walkable communities
About the Presenters
12642515_10205611852802885_3336817775541414225_n-1Aaron Brown is the Board President of Oregon Walks. He served as the campaign manager for the successful Fix Our Streets Portland Initiative, which brought to the city $64 million in funding for safe sidewalks, crosswalks and road maintenance, and managed the Protect Our Natural Areas campaign to secure $80 million in regional conservation funds. In 2015, he led Fresh Start Oregon, which passed with bipartisan support to provide a legal pathway for 60,000 Oregonians to expunge non-violent marijuana-related crimes from their records. Aaron led the Oregon Bus Project’s community outreach on automatic voter registration and immigration rights. Since 2013, Aaron has served as board president of Oregon Walks, the state’s pedestrian advocacy organization, and has overseen the group’s rapid growth as a voice for equitable, walkable communities across the state. He received a bachelor’s degree in urban geography from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He previously worked for Strategies 360, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, The Intertwine, Groundwork Portland and Oregon Metro.

por-5-of-115Jonathan Duvall, MS pathVu co-founder. Jon is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science and Technology in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a graduate student researcher at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories.  His research has focused on developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities.  His Master’s thesis consisted of developing a roughness standard for pedestrian pathways to limit harmful vibrations to wheelchair users.  Jonathan was also a founding member of the Students for Disability Advocacy at the University of Pittsburgh and served as President from 2012-2015.    Jonathan started pathvu to help to promote safe and comfortable sidewalks for wheelchair users and to help wheelchair users to be able to avoid inaccessible and dangerous environments.

helen-leung_-headshotHelen Leung is Co-Executive Director of LA-Más, a non-profit community design organization based in Los Angeles. With a passion towards redefining the intersection of community development and social equity, Helen ensures that all LA-Más projects are grounded in community need and policy potential. A native Angelino and urban planner, Helen has extensive community-based experience working for former Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti in policy, planning, and neighborhood development. Recently, Helen managed transit-oriented development and asset build portfolios at Living Cities, a national funders collaborative focused on systemic impact in low-income communities. Helen also serves on the Police Commission’s Permit Review Permit Panel, the Community Advisory Board of Genesis LA, and the board of the Elysian Valley Arts Collective. Helen holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

image1Samantha Ollinger, Executive Director, BikeSD. Ollinger is an accountant by trade and graduate of Temple University. She has a vision to transform San Diego into a world-class bicycle friendly city. She founded Bike San Diego in 2012 to change the conversation about transportation and bicycling in San Diego. Her entire focus is to push San Diego in reaching its potential as a world-class bicycle friendly city. You may reach Sam at