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EXAMPLE AGENDAS (PDF)
Two day Walkable Communities Course
Planning & Design Course
Pedestrian Safety and Law
Traffic Calming & Neighborhood
Traffic Calming & Roundabout
Train the Trainer Workshop (coming soon!)
How to Conduct Charrettes (coming soon!)
Agenda for a Walkable
Community - One
Instruction Time: 6:35
8:20 Introductions, acknowledgements and logistics
8:30 Startup of course
4:30 End of Session
-- Want to know what you are getting
highly visual, information rich course addresses the remaking of
towns from auto congested, angry and uncivil space into peaceful,
economical successful, viable village centers, neighborhoods, towns
and regions. The presentation illustrates dozens of successful towns
and cities of all sizes It shows how they changed their town planning,
roadway design and funding decisions from reactive to proactive,
achieving livability and financial success. Instead of chasing congestion,
towns like Toronto, Vancouver, Miami Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Collins,
Seattle, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, East
Lansing and Corvallis are absorbing and converting auto trips, focusing
on place making rather than better ways to store cars in long queues
and parking lots.
A sense of place, individual town character,
civic pride, respect for government, trust and a celebration of
the civil servant are end results of
focus on public process,
and older traditional street and town making principles.
This presentation validates the ideas, knowledge, values
and beliefs of each audience.
The presentation kicks hard at the shin of antiquated ways
of believing and behaving. It confirms and focuses on important
versus meaningless uses of a decision makers' or citizens' time
The presentation is technically rich, balanced
with philosophy, passion and reverence for basic town and street
making principles. The course confirms instinctive, common sense
notions held by community leaders. The course bridges the gap between
lay person and professional. The course points out how specialization,
agency dynasties, NIMBYism, public hearings and arrogance leave
scars, scary places, fumes, noise, dead bodies and unruly behavior
among streets, public plazas, buildings and the populace.
The course shouts at us GROW UP. The course
challenges us, during our most prosperous years, to quit whining
and start working. It
alerts us that our Mr. Gumby behavior, whether we sit on a planning
commission, city council, county commission, chamber of commerce,
school board or serve as a lead official, whittles our towns into nothingness.
The course plays well in small places like Crested
Butte, or Grand Junction, Colorado, mid-sized towns, such as Kirkland,
Bellevue and Redmond, Washington, as well as large metropolitan
centers such as Atlanta, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Most important, the course offers case studies, solutions,
numbers, visions, hope, direction, contacts and sound methods for
rebuilding towns and place.
In three years this course has successfully motivated
men and women in 640 communities in more than 40 states, three Canadian
provinces and other international markets. Engineers, planners,
architects, landscape architects, developers, politicians, citizen
advocates, ADA specialists, retailers, neighborhood leaders, administrators
and environmentalists each embrace the principles and content of
the message. Although first developed in growth driven Florida,
the course has picked up and assimilated ideas, concepts and issues
at the center of smart growth, sustainable land use, as well as
transportation, bicycling, transit and related community hot buttons.
The course today is America's course it highlights modern
and progressive paths walked by principled and courageous people
clear on their values and goals. The course celebrates and defines
the role of each profession, and each team member. Town freighter
after town freighter America is re-orienting and steering their
vessels toward a common national vision of place making and lively
places of exchange.
This is a course worthy of all
people who believe it is time to rebuild America, neighborhood by
neighborhood. It is a course for those who wish to return cities to their
original greatness through hard, disciplined, inspired, team driven
work. This course celebrates men and women who are performing Herculean
efforts to build fun, responsible, socially and financially responsible
public works and private projects.
Defining a Walkable/Livable Community. Basic elements
and building blocks. New
ways to measure success. Cities, neighborhoods, commercial districts
and special places -- social and civil behavior. Contrast between
traditional and conventional patterns of development. Social, environmental
and health impacts of conventional sprawl. Sprawl and conventional
dysfunction costs to our neighborhoods, lifestyles, property values,
commerce. Effects of sprawl on children, elders and disabled people.
The importance of parks, public space, and other places for association.
The five building blocks of a successful community.
The urban village as the solution to new and old neighborhoods --
small, connected and mixed.
The Building Blocks --Neighborhoods, Parks, Housing, Villages,
the Strip. The role of mixed use, mixed income, affordable housing
and density. Converting sprawl to real place. Placemaking. The elements
of a successful strip street conversion. Three stages of converting
dead and decaying strips into lively urban village centers.
Guide to Building Healthy Streets.
The street pattern, conventional vs traditional streets.
How our street designs became unhealthy. The designer's role to
define and set appropriate speeds and behavior. Tools for altering
behavior. The role of trees, trails, alleys, lanes, streets, avenues,
boulevards and parkways. Road Diets and other successful street
conversions. Reducing the number of lanes while improving efficiency,
capacity and safety. Setting the right dimensions, handling fire,
bicycle and pedestrian access, increasing resident safety. The design
vehicle, proper curb radii and centerline radii. Meeting the needs
of fire, sanitation, maintenance vehicles.
Engineering and Reinventing Intersections -- Geometrics.
The building blocks of successful intersections. Finding
the right design for a neighborhood or downtown. The use of conventional
designs, tee-intersections and roundabouts.
Keeping the traffic in motion at conflict points using
new sets of tools. The role of medians, channelization, curb radii, curb extensions,
bus pullouts. Other geometric issues.
Engineering and Reinventing Intersections. Operations.
The new tools for helping pedestrians and bicyclists navigate
simple and complex intersections. Crosswalks, special markings,
stop bars, signal head placement, advance stop bars, signing, flashing
crosswalks, tee intersections
Access management, converting five lanes to four, plus median.
Informal pedestrian crossings and formal crossings. The safety,
efficiency and aesthetic benefits of medians and access management.
The cost of medians versus scramble lanes.
Building stakeholder support for medians. Special crossing
designs, half signals, the Bellevue Crossing, refuge islands and
other midblock crossing designs.
Meeting the real versus perceived needs of mobility and visually
impaired people. Corner cuts, islands, maintenance practices, maintaining
access, operations. Basic designs and advance support for neighborhoods
and downtowns. Building maintenance-free ramps, cross slope, continuous
passageways. Overcoming common mistakes, debunking myths.
What is and is not traffic calming. Common myths and mistakes.
The three stages of traffic calming. Popular tools. Cost effective
solutions. Vertical deflection tools, horizontal deflection, the
uses of gateways, controlling speed and traffic flow through neighborhoods.
Sampling the best traffic calming practices in North America. Maintenance,
operations, ownership, public participation and public process. The role of mini-circles, roundabouts and other tools to slow
and control speed while improving trip times through neighborhoods.
Implementation and Public Process.
Gaining popular consensus, collaboration and ownership for
rebuilding towns, neighborhoods and streets. Creating a vision through
effective public process. Short term and long term solutions. Building
model projects, overlay districts, funding choices. Turning the public works director, traffic engineer, town planner
and city council into heros. Overcoming NIMBYism, and avoiding bloodletting.
Finding the courage to face the future.