Communities are all about connection. The bond between families, neighbors, business owners, and public servants is shaped by the way a community's streets are situated. Traditional Main Streets, with their vibrant mix of commerce and culture — where mom-and-pop shops line the sidewalks, cars and trucks slow down to share the road with pedestrians and bikes, and people congregate in great gathering spaces — are the most outward expression of the strength of communal ties. As the structure of our streets help pave the way in which our communities connect on a physical, social, and economic level, designing livable, walkable urban thoroughfares is one of the utmost priorities for any city or town.
Urban Street Design Training for Transportation Professionals
On February 7th and 8th, the Congress for the New Urbanism will be offering two separate training sessions on the principles and practice of urban street design for transportation professionals and decision-makers from around the Chicago area. For the event, CNU has invited nationally recognized experts in urban street design.
The workshop will highlight Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach - a set of national guidelines co-produced by CNU and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The event offers a unique opportunity for participants to learn how the manual can be applied to support the state’s context sensitive solutions policy, help implement the region’s GO TO 2040 plan and overcome obstacles to building vibrant, walkable communities.
CNU partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation to organize the event, which is supported by a generous grant from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust. The grant will also allow CNU to work with CMAP, Illinois DOT and other participants as they move forward. Lessons from the workshop will be showcased at CNU 21 in Salt Lake City.
Click here for more information or to sign up for the workshop while seats last. Early registration has been extended to January 25. All participants must sign up by February 1.
Photo: Chicago Avenue, Chicago. Courtesy of phobo/Flickr, under Creative Commons.
Registration for CNU 21: Living Community is now OPEN. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates by signing up before April 24th, 2013.
CNU 21 Living Community will be held in gorgeous downtown Salt Lake City , May 29 - June 1, 2013. Living Community balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other.
Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make and the land that hosts us. This year’s Congress will delve into these issues, contemplate the role of cities within nature and place within cities.
Join Plenary Speakers Richard Louv, Sarah Susanka, Chuck Marohn, Andres Duany, and many, many more at CNU 21. Register today!
Were you unable to attend the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit?
Listen in on Jeffrey Tumlin, urbanist and transportation planner from Nelson\Nygaard, and John Horsley, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in this discussion from 2012 CNU Transportation Summit. Be sure to check out the videos from the Q&A Session that happened after the discussion.
In a preview of CNU’s upcoming Transportation Summit for Planetizen, John Norquist, argues that it’s time for cities to go “beyond mobility” by challenging the Functional Classification System and restoring the market and social purposes of urban thoroughfares.:
In June 2012, CNU teamed up with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri to host a Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Workshop for planners, engineers, and community leaders within the region. Participants received instruction on the ITE/CNU Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual and learned context-sensitive, multi-modal approaches to street design. They also took part in working groups to discuss walkable and sustainable design solutions for the intersection of Highways 7 and 40 in Blue Springs.
The Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Workshop was led by Stacey Meekins of Sam Schwartz Engineering, CNU Board member Marcy McInelly of Urbsworks, and CNU President and CEO John Norquist. Bios for the presenters can be found here.
According to Blue Springs Community Development Director Scott Allen:
"The workshop was a great foundational step towards reaching our goals for a more walkable, and bikeable, core intersection in Blue Springs. We had a phenomenal turnout of over 30 participants from numerous backgrounds, including Planning Commissioners, MoDOT, Mid-America Regional Council, business owners, PTA representatives, health advocates, and neighboring communities. The presentations by CNU staff and consultants provided a strong conceptual framework for the participants to use in their brainstorming of alternative roadway designs. We hope to carry this momentum forward by implementing several of the short-term strategies beginning already this year. Our ultimate goal is to see these new principles applied not only at the 40 and 7 intersection but throughout both corridors and at other major intersections throughout the city. This workshop and its outcomes merges perfectly with our April walkability workshop that looked more at neighborhood scale pedestrian and bicycling improvements. Together we have a more complete toolbox as we strive to make Blue Springs safe and inviting for all modes of transportation."
For more, visit http://www.cnu.org/streets/bluesprings
CNU to Conduct ITE Manual Training in Blue Springs, MO
CNU is a proud partner in PLTS: the Partnership for Livable Transportation Solutions. The partnership is a coalition which includes CNU, Project for Public Spaces, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Reconnecting America, the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, National Center for Biking & Walking, The Local Government Commission, The National Charrette Institute, Paul Dreher of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, the Surface Transportation Policy Project, and Leigh Lane of the Center for Transportation and the Environment at NC State University.
PLTS is offering free technical assistance to communities looking to implement sustainable planning solutions, courtesy of a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. As part of its participation, CNU will be training communities on the CNU/ITEDesigning Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual.
For its first training, CNU will lead a one-day workshop featuring CNU CEO & President John Norquist and CNU Board member - and one of the leaders of CNU’s Project for Transportation Reform -, Marcy McInelly. The training will take place in Blue Springs, MO on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, with an informal meeting the night before.
This project is funded by US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program via a grant to the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems.