Using a Rapid-Planning Process to Build Stakeholder Engagement around Safe Routes to School

APA Minnesota Chapter

#9131656

Thursday, September 28, 2017
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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Overview

This session examines the techniques that are used to create a strong, collaborative team to effectively develop Safe Routes to School (SRTS) recommendations across all 6 E's and use a focused, intensive charrette-style “rapid planning” process to efficiently develop recommendations with the buy-in needed from multiple SRTS team members.

Beginning in 2012, MnDOT began working with Alta Planning + Design to provide technical planning assistance to communities not served by Regional Development Commissions. Alta and MnDOT have been developing a charrette-style “rapid planning” process to create the plans for each of the communities that is awarded funding. This session examines the techniques that are used to create a strong, collaborative team to effectively develop Safe Routes to School (SRTS) recommendations across all 6 E's and use a focused, intensive charrette-style “rapid planning” process to efficiently develop recommendations with the buy-in needed from multiple SRTS team members. Key techniques include how to identify a broad, diverse set of local stakeholders required to augment the planning effort and carry the plan into implementation. Additionally, inviting direct student engagement in this SRTS planning process leads to a more complete knowledge of the existing conditions that cannot otherwise be ascertained through traditional stakeholder outreach. Involving students in SRTS planning also empowers children to be engaged with adults in real-world problem-solving around an issue that directly affects their daily lives.

Learning Objectives:

- Interdisciplinary: attendees will have increased knowledge of how to build momentum for implementation through examples of multidisciplinary teams working together to plan for Safe Routes to School improvements

- Innovation: attendees will understand the method for conducting an innovative charrette-style “rapid planning” process

- Problem Solving: attendees will learn how a “rapid planning” process can efficiently build consensus around challenges facing students walking and biking to school

 

Speakers

Colin Harris

Colin Harris is a civil engineer and project manager at Alta Planning + Design. Colin has experience developing recommendations for safety improvements in a variety of contexts including school zones, urban arterials and roadways in small towns. Colin has technical knowledge of design best practice as a professional engineer, and has ... Read More

Jimmy Shoemaker

Jimmy Shoemaker is a transportation planner who works on projects that make biking and walking safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages. Before Alta, Jimmy worked for the City of San Francisco tackling issues related to curb space, bicycle wayfinding, and the pedestrian realm. Jimmy holds a Masters ... Read More

Dave Cowan

For the past decade, Dave Cowan has worked in the field of walking and bicycling at the local, regional, state and national level. He has advanced Safe Routes to School projects, implemented programs and took that experience on the road conducting trainings, webinars and sharing best practices in both policy ... Read More

Contact Info

Jane Kansier, janeka@bolton-menk.com