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Transportation Bonanza 6

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December 11, 2014 | Lansing Center

Up to 6 AICP CM Credits and 6 Master Citizen Planner Continuing Education Credits.

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Registration Rate $59

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Presented in partnership with the Michigan Safe Routes to School Program

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8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks M2D2 Update,  MAP-21 Funding Advances and General Session: Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift in 75 Year

Opening Remarks

Andrea Brown, AICP, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Planning | Meg Thomas-Ackerman, Director, Safe Routes to School |Michael Kapp, Office of Economic Development Administrator, Michigan Department of Transportation

Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift in 75 Years

From community values to measures of effectiveness, times are changing; the automobile - first planning era is ending. Now, cities have a lot of repairing and repositioning to do. Join us for this opening session which will address how we can align transportation and land use with changing priorities.

Ian Lockwood, PE, Sustainable Transportation Engineer,  Toole Design Group, LLC


10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Strategic Engagement, Smooth Execution

Paul Morris’s experience guiding urban regeneration efforts that increase healthy living and civic vibrancy recognize that integrated, well planned transportation systems can drive community and economic development investment and improve the quality of life across a region if they result in walkable, livable communities.  He also understands that transportation projects can cause community friction and are rife with controversial challenges.  He specializes in breaking down political silos and forging public / private partnerships that stimulate economic opportunities.  Paul will discuss strategies to build consensus among stakeholders to integrate land use and transportation to expand mobility options, and will explain when to engage community, and the steps to take to advance a successful project.

Paul Morris, FASLA, President/CEO, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions | Option 1: The End of Traffic Engineering as We Know It?

People have been building cities for nearly 10,000 years. Only in the last 50 years have automobile-oriented designs influenced how we think about cities, what we ask engineers to evaluate, and what we build. In response to this focus, the profession of traffic engineering was born and developed processes and standards for assessing traffic conditions and describing traffic impacts. The focus is now shifting away from moving vehicles and back towards making places.  How might “traditional” traffic engineering concepts like projected growth rates, trip generation, and level of service change in coming decades? In this session the presenter will discuss national trends and provide detailed examples of how the field is already shifting compared to 10 years ago.

Hannah Remtema Pritchard, PE, Traffic Engineer, Toole Design Group LLC


Breakout Sessions | Option 2: The New Normal for Safe Routes to School 

We can continue to fight the fact that neighborhood schools are no longer the predominant model for school locations, but the truth is schools of choice, charter schools, and magnet schools are gaining ground and seriously affect the traffic and safety at drop off areas as more children are driven to school.  Comprehensive district wide planning offers an innovative solution to this new paradigm, and is analogous to what community planners have always done:  planned for the entire community!  Learn how one community became the first in the state to work with SR2S to plan for this shift. 

Jennifer Miller, District Walking School Bus Coordinator, Holt Public Schools


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.| Keynote Luncheon - Avoiding the After-Lunch Nap: An Urgent Call for Healthy Communities
“Healthy” community design is often spoken about in planning and transportation circles. But do you know what it means, and are you really working to make it a reality?  This thought-provoking presentation will address the urgency and the great opportunity of this idea. The urgency is due to the disastrous health impacts and costs associated with an almost total elimination of walking, cycling, and transit as routine transportation modes. Americans are less active than ever, and we’re all paying the price. But there is an opportunity: the health community can be valuable partners in advocating for planning, development, and policy changes to support active transportation plans and designs.

Mark Fenton, Public Health, Planning, and Transportation Consultant; Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy


2:30 - 3:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Option  1: Complete Streets and Complete Networks

This session will explain how to apply complete streets principles, including the process for involving staff, agencies and the public. Successful examples of road diets, transit oriented development, bike systems for different skill levels, safe routes to school, and design alternatives for pedestrian crossings and intersections will be highlighted.  Learn the rationale for zoning procedures and the link between the local comprehensive plan and zoning regulations and strategies to reduce conflict in order to achieve a win/win.

Bradley K. Strader, AICP, PTP, Planning Division Manager, LSL Planning, a SAFEbuilt Company

Breakout Sessions | Option 2: Building Community Engagement with a Walk

A walk audit (or walkabout) is a facilitated group walk of an area to observe both challenges to and opportunities for healthy behaviors, such as routine walking, cycling, and transit use. This session will demonstrate how walk audits can serve to inspire community leaders and stakeholders, educate participants on healthy design principles and best practices, and provide practical planning for specific interventions, policy, and environmental improvements. Wear your walking shoes and bring your jacket, as we’ll be walking, as well as talking, about how to lead such a walk.

Mark Fenton, Public Health, Planning, and Transportation Consultant; Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy




The Michigan Association of Planning, in partnership with the Michigan Safe Routes to School Program, has designed this annual event to bring together professionals from the fields of land use planning, education, transportation, health, engineering, natural resource and environmental protection, architecture, landscape architecture, and others to connect around the topic of community building for health and accessibility.


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