Active Mobility Data | Session: Pathways, Trails, and Roads

APA Idaho


Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. MDT

CM | 1.25

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1.      How the session relates to the “Plan Big” theme.

Trail systems, roadways and mutli-use paths help create recreation opportunities, connectivity and healthy populations for large and small communities alike. This session will feature up to five short presentations followed up a Q and A session focused on the following plan big topics:

·        Mobility management (I-Count program and how it’s being implemented in McCall)

·        Environmental Impact Data

·        Ada County Data Collection from COMPASS

·        Hailey Idaho Pathways Plan and informing citizenry

·        Possibly a representative from Eastern Idaho discussing their new multiuse pathway planning developments.

 2.      How the session meets a specific planning-related training objective.

Utilizing data to make future land use decisions is a cornerstone of the planning profession. Trail and recreation planning is happening across the U.S. and is a vital part of the future development aspirations for many communities. Additionally ensuring that data is used for the management of high functioning roadways and allowing mobility for a variety of user groups is essential to successful planning efforts in the future. This topic is particularly relevant to planning in the west, where large expanses of land are undeveloped and often set aside for public use.

 3.      How the session will offer a professionally relevant learning experience for a planner with at least 4 years of experience.

By highlighting specific examples of how data was utilized we will go beyond discussing why data is important. These specific examples can provide illustrations that can be modified for use in different communities in Idaho. This also opens up the avenue for showing how non-traditional means of data collection can be implemented into a larger planning process such as a comprehensive plan or multi year management plan.

 4.      What you want the attendees to learn from this session.

Attendees will learn about various data collection tools. These tools will highlight collection of user demographic information, trail and pathway use data, environmental impact data, and economic development and tourist related data. This session will take these collection methods and show how each of these can be built into a trail and pathway plan, why it’s important and provide examples of how the data influenced critical decisions and outcomes. We hope that this session encourages meaningful dialogue between a diverse group of panelists and the session attendees. This dialogue is designed to share information about best practices and opportunities around the state. 


Aaron Mondada


Ellen Campfield Nelson, AICP

Ellen is a managing associate with Agnew::Beck, a planning firm based in Boise and Anchorage. She works on policy, planning and implementation in a range of subject areas, including recreation, health, transportation, economic development, education and housing. Ellen's particular passion is creating and facilitating meaningful dialogue that leads ... Read More

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