Taking Implementation to the Next Level: Education, Training and Awareness for Walkable Communities

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato

One of our clients, the Nebraska Walkable Communities Initiative, sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services,  is on the leading edge of designing and implementing community driven action to increase overall health in their communities.  To support local initiatives that are creating community-driven strategic plans to increase walking, biking, and overall health, they’re hosting both in-person and virtual training this summer, that focuses on increasing cycling and walking, creating Complete Streets, designing city master plans, creating bike/ped advisory committees, and securing funding for your project.

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This training is focused on Nebraskans, but all are welcome. This is a great opportunity to hear about the unique approach to planning by the project as well as get some more expertise around those topics that create challenges for bike/ped/transit/health advocacy. Join the conversations-all information and links to register are below.

Bike/Pedestrian Advisory Committees (webinar)

June 14th 9:30-10:30 AM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7813690752299487747

Establishing an official group of stakeholders to advise decision makers about walking and biking needs is a strategy that several cities have used to improve conditions for their citizens. Tune in to find out what other Nebraska cities have done, the lessons they’ve learned, and what advice they would give to others.
Andy Wessel, Douglas County Health Department
Julie Harris, Nebraska Bicycling Alliance

Complete Your Streets – and Bring Back the Good Life (In-person session)

June 16 9AM-1:30PM MST
Register at http://completestreetssidney.eventbrite.com
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. Even targeted improvements and policies for walkability can significantly improve quality of life, mobility, and safety in small communities.
Where: Western Nebraska Community College-Room 115 & 116: 371 College Dr. Sidney, NE 69162
Hosted by: Sidney Active Living Advisory Committee.
Julie Harris, Nebraska Bicycling Alliance
Jeremy Grandstaff, S & G Endeavors, Nebraska Walkable Communities Initiative Architect

City Master Plans – Make the Connection (webinar)

June 30th, 9:30-10:30 AM CST (Rescheduled from June 2)
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1811032365420803586
Your city’s master plan holds the key to the future, but is it a future that is friendly to walking and bicycling?  Tune in to learn why you should care about the documents that might be gathering dust at city hall and strategies for getting walking and biking infused into those plans.
Derek Miller, City Planner, City of Omaha
Julie Harris, Nebraska Bicycling Alliance
Chris Danley, Vitruvian Planning

Funding 101 – (webinar)

Rescheduled to August 1, 2:00-3:00 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7127216166713413122
We all want safe and accessible places for people to walk and bike, but how can we pay for it?  This webinar will explore the various funding sources available to Nebraska cities for bike/pedestrian infrastructure, including the pros and cons of each.
Join Michael Helgerson, Transportation Planner for Omaha’s Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, as he dives further into these funding sources and answers
your questions.

Funding 201 (Virtual Collaborative Conversation)

August 26, 2-3:30 PM CST
Register at http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/WI0RP6XP558ZYVOW
So, federal funds aren’t for you. What other creative funding sources and stakeholders are available for bike/pedestrian projects? This MaestroConference will give participants the chance to learn about and discuss creative funding sources other Nebraska communities have tapped into for their bike/pedestrian projects.

So great to see a commitment to training and coaching during the implementation phase of strategic planning. Please register for any of the sessions listed above and join in the conversation. If you are interested in engaging your community and taking a more focused effort on their overall health please contact us for a free initial consult.

Thank you to Brian Coyle, MPH and the rest of the Nebraska Walkable Communities Initiative for designing these sessions and opening them up to the public.

See you there!

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