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Mission iMPOssible: Improving Access to Healthy Transportation Alternatives at a Regional Scale

This session focuses on the challenges faced by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in coordinating biking and walking infrastructure projects across multiple jurisdictions. It will highlight Transportation for America’s recently- released guidebook entitled Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities: How Metro Areas are Building More and Better Bicycling and Walking Projects. It will also include case studies from agencies around the United States and include information on the State Smart Transportation Initiative.
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the challenges associated with coordinating biking and walking infrastructure projects at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) level.
  • Describe the basic elements of "Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities", released by Transportation for America
  • Determine the relevancy of the State Smart Transportation Initiative with respect to your own pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects.
Facilitator:
Jennifer Pangborn, Senior Technical Principal, WSP, St Louis, MO
Speakers:
  • Connecting Communities and Measuring What Matters
    Chris McCahill, Associate Researcher, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI
  • Improving Health Through Metropolitan Planning Organizations
    Katherine Robb, Senior Program Manager for Environmental Health, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC;
    Dave Vautin
    , Principal Planner/Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission & Association of Bay Area Governments, San Francisco, CA