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Tuesday, June 27 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Unlikely Partners: How and Who to Engage With to Build Community Buy-in

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While the importance of active transportation projects is clear to transportation professionals, it is often challenging to build support for these projects over a diverse cross-section of stakeholders. For a variety of reasons many people are indifferent or in strong opposition to building places for people to comfortably walk or bike.
Part of the problem transportation professionals have in creating support for active transportation projects is that we continue to view the people we try to sell our projects to as stakeholders. While we do our best to incorporate feedback into our projects, our engagement is often limited to collecting and responding to opinions. Instead of considering people stakeholders, transportation professionals should be viewing them as potential partners who can participate in the project. In determining unique ways to get non-transportation professionals excited about active transportation projects, we can create tremendous opportunities to build grass-roots community buy-in.
By highlighting project examples from Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD, this session will highlight how transportation professionals can engage with non-transportation partners to enhance the bicycle and pedestrian environment, building community ownership of large-scale projects and ensuring long-term support and success. 

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Kevin Belanger

Trail Planner, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Kevin Belanger has been in the bicycle and pedestrian field for almost 10 years. Kevin is a trail planner at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, where he has worked since July 2016. At Rails-to-Trails, Kevin writes concept plans and feasibility studies and conducts public engagement for... Read More →

Caitlin Doolin

Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Caitlin Doolin has worked in transportation engineering/planning for over 6 years in Baltimore, MD. She was a traffic engineering consultant at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. for 4 years before accepting a position with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation as Bicycle and... Read More →

Jessie Holzer

Mobility Deputy, City of Los Angeles, Council District 11
Jessie Holzer serves as Mobility Director for Council District 11 in the City of Los Angeles. Her work for the District includes identifying and pursuing opportunities for active transportation and transit improvements to build a more walkable, bikeable, and mobile Los Angeles. Prior... Read More →

Tuesday June 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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