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New Webinar: Research in Action: Trends in How Municipalities Are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space

Webinar Title: Research in Action: Trends in How Municipalities Are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space

Webinar Date/Time: May 28, 2020 @ 2pm EST, 11 am PST

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You can access a live stream transcript of the webinar here.

This webinar will describe various strategies communities are implementing in response to increased demands for safe public space for walking and cycling during the COVID-19 crisis. Researchers at UNC’s  Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center will present on an effort to collect and analyze data on these strategies in order to identify community-based factors related to their adoption, impacts, long-term viability, and potential unintended consequence.  This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees will be invited via instant polling to contribute to this ongoing research by sharing observations and opinions about the changing demands on public space in your community. Are space considerations a significant issue in your community? What is your experience in sharing public space and social distancing? How safe are you feeling? What feedback are you hearing from others in your community about what’s working (or not working for them)? 

Presenters will also share suggestions for creative approaches attendees can use to estimate the impacts of COVID-19 on walking conditions and pedestrian activity in their communities. Join us and become a citizen scientist for helping us all understand the many ways that COVID19-induced stay-at-home orders and social distancing are changing the way we use public space. 

Dan Gelinne is a Senior Research Associate at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Mr. Gelinne manages research and technical assistance programs related to road safety with an emphasis on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

He serves as a Program Manager for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), and has managed the development and delivery of numerous training programs for State and Federal clients.

 

Dr. Tabitha Combs has expertise in transport and land use planning, the built environment-travel behavior connection, equity impacts of new mobility innovations, and transport planning in developing contexts.

She has a particular focus on understanding the social and environmental impacts of transport policies. She has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from Davidson College.

 

Heyden Black Walker (CNU-A, MSCRP) is Director of Planning for Black + Vernooy, carrying forth a family legacy of local urban design and community advocacy. Together with her father, Sinclair Black, she created Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower the main lanes of I-35 through downtown Austin, creating a vision of the highway rebuild that reconnects neighborhoods while providing multi-modal access to jobs, medical facilities, transit, and civic resources.

With the goal of equity in transportation and increased access for all, Heyden also donates her time and advocacy efforts to the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council (member), the Congress for the New Urbanism – Central Texas Chapter (Board of Directors), Vision Zero ATX (member), and Austin Outside (Board of Directors). Heyden is a 2016 fellow of the national Walking College.

 

About Kelli McIntyre

Kelli McIntyre (she/her) is the Communications Associate for America Walks. With a background in exercise and sport science and over 15 years of experience in health and wellness program design and management, Kelli’s passions lie in human rights, social justice, and livable community advocacy. Kelli is a 2016 Walking College graduate and for the past 5 years has worked to inspire joyful movement, grow support for livable communities, and advance health justice at Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. With a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelli is a lifelong learner and currently a 2020 candidate for MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows. Kelli is mom to an energetic teenager- Jack, a weekend warrior, a beginner yogi, an urban gardener, a loving basketball coach, a baby sister, neighborhood auntie, and an avid walker.

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