It’s great to finally be in Pittsburgh! Too much to do even before Monday night's opening reception. Here’s a just a taste…
Rousing Welcome from Pittsburgh Mayor
Mayor Bill Peduto passionately welcomed all to his beloved city while putting all on notice that bicycling in Pittsburgh will soon leap frog far ahead of other cities. He noted the value of partnerships between the Mayor, County Executive and Bike Pittsburgh to get the job done, and advised all to put people in office who “get it.” He clearly does!
Conference Director Mark Plotz announced, thanks to several sponsors and committed leaders, local city and county employees can drop into the conference whenever they want.
Local Coordinators’ Meet
Local Bike-Ped agency staff build relationships on the job and at #walkbikeplaces. One great idea: engage public health to set and measure government mode share goals.
State Coordinators Meet
Many state Bike-Ped Coordinators wear more than one hat, some wear several: SRTS, TAP, Recreation Trails, Byways. FHWA shares research, design guidance and data to support and mainstream bike and ped.—Jon Kaplan, VT Agency of Transportation
Take home messages: Leverage FHWA design flexibility memo by incorporating it into state policies and standards, and consider strategies in four FHWA focus areas: Equity & Ladders to Opportunity, Safety, Connected Networks, and Data & Performance Measures.—Joshua DeBruyn, MI DOT