You'll learn about:
How transportation planning and design processes are encompassing all modes to meet the demands of a 21st-century transportation system
Why creating an interdisciplinary collaborative environment from project start to finish is so important
The application of technologies to communication information at various phases of a project’s lifecycle
As they did for centuries before the advent of motor vehicles, many of our streets are returning to functioning as memorable multimodal corridors and better places for social and economic exchange. But this return doesn’t mean our approach to street design should revert to a century-old approach. How we plan, design, and engage with people in street design needs to evolve, and we are seeing that happen today.
Learn how to create environments that safely (and comfortably!) allow for all the various modes and activities that happen in our streets today. This session will highlight two of the most important changes—embracing interdisciplinary collaboration and creating meaningful engagement opportunities for community members and stakeholders. Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to creating smart street design solutions as memorable streets are often born of collaboration among planners, designers, and stakeholders. You will also explore inclusive engagement strategies that are available in multiple analog and digital formats and provide meaningful feedback in the project process.
Speakers will call upon their years of experience in transportation planning and design, highlighting the importance of creating the right team structure, tailoring engagement strategies, navigating the regulatory process, using appropriate temporary installations to lead to long-term change, and working through challenging conversations with community members and agency leadership.
About the Speakers
KC Atkins is a Professional Engineer with nearly a decade of experience in transportation engineering and project management. Her experience in preliminary and final design includes bicycle/pedestrian accommodations, urban/rural roadways, interchanges, roundabouts, local roads, and context-sensitive design solutions. KC also has experience in traffic engineering, performing traffic analysis, and delay calculations, as well as traffic safety, performing crash analysis, safety plans, and road safety audits. Her wide range of knowledge allows her to incorporate multiple elements of engineering into her work to provide safe multimodal infrastructure.
Cindy Zerger, AICP, ASLA co-leads the Urban Design Group at Toole Design Group, a national engineering, planning and urban design firm focused on creating healthy, active communities. Cindy has focused her career on multimodal transportation planning and design, and has a broad range of project experience from national research initiatives on Complete Streets and statewide transportation system planning efforts, to the design of arterial road calming projects across the nation. She currently serves as urban design lead for Saint Paul’s Capital City Bikeway project and as consultant project lead for the Minnesota Statewide Pedestrian System Plan, a joint initiative lead by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Health. With master’s degrees in urban planning and landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota, Cindy adept at working toward successful project solutions from both design and policy perspectives.