Review the discussions and presentations for how communities around the country turn bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian infrastructure investment into regional economic engines.
Welcome: Andre Lewis, CSUMB Associate VP
Introduction: Michael A. Houlemard, Jr., FORA Executive Officer
Video Part 1: Welcome & Introduction; Overview by Josh Metz, FORA Planner;
Tim Blumenthal | National bicycle transit and economic vitality trends
Tim Blumenthal is president of PeopleForBikes, the national movement to make riding better for everyone. He has led this growing organization since September 2004. Tim previously served 11 years as the executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Under his leadership, IMBA grew into the world’s largest mountain bike advocacy group. He began his cycling work as a journalist, serving as an editor for VeloNews from 1980-84. He later became the managing editor of Mountain Bike Magazine and the racing editor of Bicycling Magazine.
Video Part 2: Dena Belzer | Economic benefits of transit, TOD & connectivity investment
In 1998, Ms. Belzer founded Strategic Economics in Berkeley, California. Since then, the firm has expanded its staff, scope, and national impact. Ms. Belzer has 30 years experience working on economic issues ranging in scale from regional growth management to individual development projects. Her work has helped position Strategic Economics as a national leader in developing innovative urban economics research techniques that guide local public policy decisions, and are based on sound market principles– while simultaneously fostering sustainable communities and creating places with lasting value.
Video Part 3: Mia Birk | Every Trail is a Journey: Overcoming Challenges, Transforming Communities and Empowering People
Mia Birk has spent her entire career creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. She is President of Alta Planning + Design and Principal at Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. She is the author of "Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet," which tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation.
Video Part 4: John Wentworth | Urban-rural trail system planning, development and integration
John Wentworth moved to Mammoth Lakes on July 4, 2000. After selling his home in 2005, he got involved in the community discussion regarding a public access easement from the Sherwins back to Town for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. John has served as CEO since MLTPA’s incorporation in 2007. He currently serves as MLTPA's CEO on a volunteer basis, and in the near future, MLTPA will undertake a search for John's replacement. John is an avid outdoorist.
Video Part 5: Bryan Jones | Trail network planning and design
Bryan Jones, Senior Associate, Alta Planning + Design, PE, PTP, AICP, oversees Complete Streets engineering and implementation projects that create active communities throughout the United States. Bryan excels at leading cultural transformations focused on strategic implementation by aligning transportation decisions and projects with community values. He has delivered numerous traffic calming, road diet, trail, downtown and Complete Streets projects to help move and connect people and businesses so communities thrive. From his public works leadership positions in the Cities of Fresno and Carlsbad, California, he understands the unique challenges experienced by communities trying to implement projects and is able to capitalize on his experience to create community-supported projects that create great places. Bryan is also a Complete Streets Instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition, which helps communities enhance policies and practices. He also serves on the Caltrans’ traffic control device committee to represent bicycle and pedestrian issues statewide.