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WE30EM - Make way for people: Design for Biking and Walking (BSA EPNet recommends)

Wednesday, November 8 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Abstract Text:

Life in bikeable, walkable, compact, and connected neighborhoods allows us to enjoy better health, including lower levels of obesity, diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, and heart disease. Market demand for healthy places is also strong. There is an established positive correlation between a neighborhood's Walk Score, Transit Score, and Bike Score and real estate value. Healthy places have the added benefit that denser, more walkable locations produce lower greenhouse gas emissions per person. National-level practitioners and advocates will present achievable approaches to designing for active mobility, with a focus on recent improvements to Boston's public realm. We will also discuss best practices for bicycle parking and related facilities in residential areas, for workplaces, and at transit hubs. Case studies will include Boston's Vision Zero campaign and designs for bike infrastructure and pedestrian improvements on Massachusetts Avenue, Longwood Avenue, and Inman Square, Cambridge.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the low-stress streetscape design approach and how this impacts mobility networks

Learn about state-of-the-art complete streets design tools

Examine how theory meets practice with case studies of implementation in the Boston metropolitan region

Investigate strategies for retrofitting cities in order to transform car-dominated streetscapes to people-centered public spaces


Event Type: Emerging Professionals Pricing > Session


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