New Webinar: Exploring the Human-Centered Mobility Principles (February 28, 2019)

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Webinar Title: Exploring the Human-Centered Mobility Principles

Webinar Date/Time: February 28, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

The world of active transportation is ever-changing, tackling new challenges and facing exciting opportunities. The Partnership for Active Transportation has created its Human-Centered Mobility Principles to guide our collective and individual work to shape mobility and community design choices facing our society by putting people and places first.. This webinar will explore the Human-Centered Mobility Principles, how they might be applied to current efforts, and look at how two communities are embracing what’s next in active transportation.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about the Human-Centered Mobility Principles and how to use the principles as a guide in their own work
  • Hear from national experts on what they see coming down the road for active transportation
  • Be inspired by the work of two communities in how they are facing the next chapter of active transportation
About the Presenters

Karin Valentine Goins, MPH, combines public health research and practice with a focus on community-level transportation and land use to support active living. She currently conducts physical activity policy research as part of the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center housed at UMass Medical School. Her projects include building capacity of public health stakeholders to improve physical activity opportunity by engaging in transportation and land use decision making and developing decision support tools for use by transportation practitioners and policy makers. A longtime walking and biking advocate, Ms. Goins co-founded WalkBike Worcester. She currently serves on the Complete Streets implementation team for the city of Worcester, MA and the Advisory Committee of the Central Mass Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Rose M.Z. Gowen, MD  As a commissioner for the Brownsville City Commission since 2009 and a physician of more than 20 years. Dr. Rose Gowen has focused her career on issues related to smart growth, quality of life and the combating of obesity and chronic disease.

Through a collaboration with the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health-Brownsville, Dr. Gowen was instrumental in developing the city’s first farmers’ market, which has been recognized as a model of excellence by the Texas Department of Health and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. She also led an initiative to expand Brownsville’s rail-trail into a citywide network—and create a citywide hike and bike plan—helped pass the city’s first commercial sidewalk and Complete Streets resolutions, and spearheaded efforts to provide family-oriented active living programming.

Recent awards for Brownsville include its recognition in 2014 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health winner and its 2016 Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

Kevin Mills, Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Kevin Mills shapes and oversees Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s policy agenda, including federal and state legislation and rulemaking, organizing and research. Mills’ team at RTC is leading a movement to double investment in active transportation to make it safe and convenient to choose bicycling and walking for routine travel and to make trail systems accessible to nearly all Americans. RTC’s Trails Transform America Campaign is organizing communities across America to demonstrate how they could cost-effectively shift trips to bicycling and walking with concentrated investments to complete active transportation systems connecting the places where people live, work, learn, play, shop, and access transit. Mills co-authored “Active Transportation for America”, a report quantifying the national benefits of federal investment in such opportunities. He played a lead role in securing and saving billions of dollars for Transportation Enhancements/Alternatives, the nation’s top source of funding for trails, bicycling and walking. His team also has won numerous state policy victories that will provide billions more in trail and active transportation investment.

Prior to joining RTC in 2006, Mills spent nearly 16 years at the Environmental Defense Fund directing programs to reduce the climate and health impacts of automobiles, reduce the use and waste of toxic chemicals, and promote sustainable transportation and communities. He founded or played a key role in launching many innovative collaborative ventures including the Clean Car Campaign, the Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles, the Partnership for Regulatory Innovation and Sustainable Manufacturing, the Great Printers Project, the Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Alliance, and the Clean Production Network.

Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (2006-present); Director, Pollution Prevention Alliance and Clean Car Campaign, Environmental Defense (1990-2006); J.D., University of Michigan, B.A., Oberlin College.

Kevin is happiest when with his wife and son pursuing outdoor adventures such as bicycle touring, backpacking, or skiing, or experiencing exotic locales such as Iceland or Costa Rica.

Barkha Patel, Senior Transportation Planner, Jersey City Barkha R Patel is the Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Jersey City.  In this role, she manages all transportation planning activities for the City, serves as Co-Chair of the Jersey City Vision Zero Task Force and represents the City at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Barkha’s work focuses on active transportation, urban design, and placemaking. She oversees the City’s long range transportation planning activities including development of the City’s first-ever Vision Zero Action Plan, School Travel Plan, and Bicycle Master Plan, and advancement of infrastructure improvements with a commitment to smart growth and equity. She is also leading the City’s various corridor redesign and tactical urbanism initiatives to create more livable streets and public spaces. Barkha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University’s School of Arts and Sciences and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School, where she now teaches Graphical Communication for Planners.

Laura Torchio, AICP, Deputy Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public SpacesLaura Torchio has 30+ years of community planning experience. She is a veteran bicycle and pedestrian planner with a strong background in partnership building and leadership. She has worked in the private, public, advocacy, tourism, and health sectors. Throughout her career, she has managed multi-disciplined projects related to best-practices for bicycle and pedestrian safety and accessibility, traffic calming, healthy and livable communities, Complete Streets, and Safe Routes to School (SRTS). She is currently the Deputy Director of Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces managing Healthy Places and Streets as Places initiatives. In her “free” time, she is a community champion serving on the board of Bike&Walk Montclair.