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Wednesday, June 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Building Connected Multimodal Networks in Rural and Suburban Communities

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This session will focus on planning and design techniques to make walking and bicycling viable transportation choices in rural and suburban communities. It will highlight information from two recent FHWA publications: the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide (to be published in January 2017) and Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (published in August 2016). The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide is a design resource and idea book, intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, accessible, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities. Achieving Multimodal Networks highlights ways that planners and designers can apply the design flexibility found in current national design guidance to address common roadway design challenges and barriers. It focuses on reducing multimodal conflicts and achieving connected networks so that walking and bicycling are safe, comfortable, and attractive options for people of all ages and abilities. The session will highlight linkages between the two resources, addressing challenges and opportunities specific to the rural and suburban retrofit context. Issues such as accessibility and MUTCD compliance will be covered, and innovative facility types such as advisory shoulders and yield roadways will be discussed. Other topics will include multimodal use of shoulders, constrained bridges, access to Federal lands, pedestrian and bicycle access to rural transit, transitions to Main Streets, and school access. The documents are available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian.


Alia Anderson

Director of Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region, Toole Design Group
Alia Anderson has worked for nearly 15 years at the intersection of transportation, land use, and community planning. As Toole Design Group's (TDG) Regional Director of Planning, Alia works with local governments, developers, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies... Read More →

Nick Falbo

Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
Nick Falbo joined Alta in 2010 and has since worked on a wide array of bicycle and pedestrian plans and projects. He specializes in the research, design and application of complete streets concepts to urban and rural roadways, and he appreciates the nuances of such design elements... Read More →

Megan Hall

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Joyce Newland

Planning & Environment Specialist, FHWA Indiana Division

Wednesday June 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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