Webinar: More than a cycle lane: How investment in better walking and cycling networks improves accessibility for people with disabilities

Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

When planning for universal access design focus is often on technical guidelines, HOW to design more inclusive streets for people with disabilities. Perhaps less often discussed is understanding WHY investment in accessible public spaces is vital for their greater inclusion in daily life. Without this plans with good intentions can miss critical elements that may unintentionally hinder someone with mobility challenges. In this webinar Melissa Bruntlett, urban mobility advocate and advisor with Mobycon, and Maya Levi, a dietician researcher who has Multiple Sclerosis and uses a combination of mobility scooter and elbow crutches for her daily mobility, discuss how communities with well-connected networks of traffic calmed streets, cycleways, and pedestrian spaces allow for greater inclusivity for people with varying abilities. Combining Maya's lived experience with Melissa's research into accessible and inclusive communities they will discuss public spaces that enable more human-scale travel and the benefits they offer, including improved physical, mental, and social health. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of ensuring people with disabilities maintain autonomous access to mobility, and how sustainable networks, especially for walking and cycling, improve their inclusion in daily civic life.


APBP Project Spotlight:
Portable bike rack loan program update

Portable Bike Rack Application

Valley Metro, the Regional Public Transportation Authority, loans portable bike racks to event organizers in Maricopa County, Arizona. The program has been around for a few years. However, in October 2021 they revamped the form to make it more descriptive. They also added new photos and links to written and video instructions on how to set up and take down the racks. They often partner with local bike club Phoenix Spokes People to provide valet bike parking at concerts and large events.

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