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Thursday, March 24 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Design Impacts on Health, Environment, and the Economy

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“The livability of a community depends in part on multiple mobility options that allow residents of all ages and abilities to connect with their communities” Beyond 50.05: A Report to the Nation on Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging - AARP.

Rural downtown centers have an opportunity to identify their assets and increase connectivity through the development of multi-modal transportation systems inclusive of bicyclists and pedestrians. Community development Extension Educators can engage stakeholders interested in developing strategies to address public health and wellness, safety/access of vulnerable users, and strengthen local economies in rural communities.

Multi-modal transportation is especially important for vulnerable users such as youth and an aging population. Through collaboration with multiple agencies and community stakeholders, the town of Cascade, Idaho has been able to develop a community strategy to meet the needs of residents, business, and tourists.

This session will give an overview of the Bike and Pedestrian Planning Process of Cascade including technology, such as Go-Pro cameras, to engage the community during the planning process.  This includes a summary of multiple downtown walk audits, a two day transportation planning and outreach process led by Vitruvian Planning (Boise, Idaho Consultant) and current implementation plan within the community of Cascade. The planning process was funded by the New Mobility West Grant awarded by the Sonoran Institute.

Participants will leave the workshop with tools for conducting a walk audit and bike/pedestrian counts, an overview of one communities planning and implementation process, and the role Extension played in helping the community reach this success.

Applicable Research:

1) Chapter III. Transportation and Mobility

Aging Readiness Plan – Transportation and Mobility - http://www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/documents/CHAPTER_3_TRANSPORTATION.pdf;

2) Smart Growth America - http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets/implementation

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Melissa Hamilton

I am a NACDEP Member, University of Idaho Extension
UI Extension, Valley County | | Sector Development, Bike and Pedestrian Pathways, Community Gardens, Food Coalitions, Recreation Based Economy, and Workforce Housing.

Thursday March 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Rio Grande East

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