The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), in cooperation with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), has selected an outstanding slate of instructor-trainees for its expanding workshop program.
Over 50 professionals submitted applications for the 8 training slots. “We were impressed by the high caliber of all of the applicants,” said Barbara McCann, NCSC Executive Director. “It was very difficult to have to choose among so many well-qualified applicants, but we’re excited we will be able to offer communities such outstanding assistance as they begin to adopt and implement complete streets policies.”
The Complete Streets Implementation Workshop program, first developed in 2007, has been pivotal in launching the Complete Streets movement and in getting agencies across the country on the fast track to implementation. The policy-oriented workshops are designed to help jurisdictions develop the political will to change policies and practices to balance the needs of all users and create, adopt, and implement effective complete streets policies. Two instructors lead each full-day workshop: one expert in engineering and design, the other an expert in planning and policy.
The new instructors were chosen by a diverse team of reviewers experienced with the workshops and their requirements for success. They selected applicants that best met the criteria and the balance needed in the instructor corps. From the most qualified, the Review Team balanced multiple factors in making the final decision: the number of trainees with engineering/design expertise and those with policy/planning expertise; trainee and current instructor geography; gender balance; and special expertise.
Canada’s growing interest in the Complete Streets Implementation Workshops compelled NCSC to accept a ninth candidate from Canada. The 2011 instructor-trainees are:
Kristin Bennett, AICP – Consultant
Mike Dannemiller, PE– The RBA Group
Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP – Hoyle Consulting
Norma Moores, P. Eng. – IBI Group (Canada)
Seleta Reynolds, AICP – Fehr & Peers
Jeff Riegner, PE, PTOE, AICP, PP – Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
Ryan Snyder – Ryan Snyder Associates
Tom von Schrader, PE, LEED AP – SvR Design Company
Craig Williams, AICP – Alta Planning + Design
These trainees are effective instructors of related topics and are national experts in accommodating the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, older adults, children, or people with disabilities. The training will focus on the NCSC approach to policy and practice changes with mentoring and coaching from experienced instructors.
The current Complete Streets Implementation Workshops instructors are:
Roger Henderson, AICP, PE, PTOE – Martin/Alexiou/Bryson P.C.
Carol Kachadoorian – Toole Design Group
Peter Lagerwey – Toole Design Group
John LaPlante, PE, PTOE – T.Y. Lin International
Barbara McCann – National Complete Streets Coalition
Michael Moule, PE, PTOE – Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc.
Randy Neufeld – National Complete Streets Coalition
Dom Nozzi, AICP – Walkable Streets
Philip Pugliese – Outdoor Chattanooga
Michael Ronkin – Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Paul Zykofsky, AICP – Local Government Commission
Complete Streets workshops led by these instructors have a proven track record in helping communities, metropolitan planning organizations, and states create, adopt and more effectively implement complete streets policies. Over two dozen communities have adopted Complete Streets policies or launched campaigns following a workshop, including: Spokane, Wash.; Miami Valley Regional Council (Dayton area), Ohio; Hennepin County, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Missoula, Mont.; and the State of Louisiana. Others, including Rochester, Minn., Tacoma, Wash., and the New Jersey Department of Transportation have used Complete Streets workshops to strengthen their policy implementation.
NCSC Steering Committee member, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, manages the Complete Streets Implementation Workshops and the training of new instructors. For more information on these workshops, contact Linda Tracy at 406/880-3880 or [email protected].
To learn more about complete streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition website at www.completestreets.org. For more information about the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, visit their website at www.apbp.org.