2018 National Planning Conference

Integrating Young Voices in Transportation Planning

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198092

Location: 2022

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  • Find out why it is important to engage young people in transportation planning. .
  • Discover how to engage young people in a meaningful way.
  • Understand how planning projects can incorporate young people's voices.


This powerful panel presents several ways to meaningfully engage young people in transportation and city planning projects. Learn about authentic youth engagement methods used by two Colorado cities that are incorporating youth into their transportation planning practices: Boulder and Loveland.

Boulder defines engagement as an active, expansive relationship between the city and the community, including any level of public participation though typically encouraging two-way dialogue. When our community has a meaningful voice, including our youth, better decisions and more responsive programs and services emerge. This panel highlights how one infrastructure project is incorporating youth voices into the planning process.

In Loveland, Colorado, youth advocacy for transit started with the city’s Youth Advisory Commission (YAC). In 2016, YAC established a mission statement and three goals to support the development of an advocacy platform. Since then, YAC has learned about, experienced and advocated for public transit. YAC advocated for funding at a Loveland City Council meeting and even shared their platform at NLC’s Transportation & Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee. Next, YAC will engage their peers to influence the city’s transportation master plan.

Session Speakers

Alisa Sautter
Loveland Youth Advisory Commission
Fort Collins, CO

Melanie Sloan
City of Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, CO

Darcy V. Kitching
Walk2Connect Cooperative
Boulder, CO

Morgan M. Huber
Apex Design

Katie M. Guthrie, AICP
Public Works, City of Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, CO