Community Planning Workshops

Since 2001, more than 100 workshops have been held throughout the NYMTC planning area, with the goal of generating local planning on pedestrian safety and walkability that contributes to realistic plans of local action consistent with Plan 2040’s goals and framework. The workshops have helped groups of elected officials, local government staff, and citizens analyze their situations and identify needed improvements. They generate awareness about pedestrian safety, walkability, and bicycle access. Their goal is to channel that awareness into a commitment to create a realistic plan of action.

There are three basic components of the workshop: a presentation, a discussion of opportunities and obstacles, and identification of local issues and proposed solutions.

Funding

Funded-federally through NYMTC’s planning process, the workshops have been popular with a broad cross section of communities in NYMTC’s planning area.

Complete Streets

Interactive workshops that build local capacity to implement Complete Streets approaches.

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Walkable Communities

Workshops and pedestrian audits enable the public to identify pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.

Walkable Community Workshops (also called pedestrian road shows) are presented around the country to help people make their communities better places to live.

The sessions are usually four hours long and have helped groups of elected officials, local government staff, and citizens analyze their situation and identify needed improvements.
The workshops generate awareness about pedestrian safety, walkability, and bikeability issues. The goal of the workshops is to channel that awareness into a commitment to create a realistic plan of action.

There are three basic components of the workshop: a presentation, a discussion of opportunities and obstacles, and identification of local issues and proposed solutions.

Following each workshop, a "pedestrian audit" or walking field trip is conducted to show how the solutions can be applied. Participants make up a cross-section of their communities, including local government representatives, local businesses, nonprofit organizations with interests in the pedestrian and bicycling communities, and local residents.

Safe-Routes-to-Schools (SRTS)

A program that is designed to encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to walk or bike to schools.

This approach is used to prepare school districts for federal funding applications through the development of group recommendations reached from a consensus-building process. NYMTC began sponsoring SRTS Workshops in 2005 in NYC-area suburbs to educate schools about the Five E’s (Engineering; Education; Encouragement; Enforcement; and Evaluation) and to develop group recommendations for improvements at host schools.

Several workshops have been held. Each workshop effort resulted in a detailed meeting report containing group observations and specific recommendations for improvement.

Parking Management

Business owners, consumers and government officials come together to develop plans to make more efficient use of local parking facilities.

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