Schedule Overview

Enjoy hearing from colleagues, mentors, and seasoned professionals on a wide range of session themes, from transportation equity and community engagement to trail planning and design, funding strategies, advocacy, arts & culture, and youth engagement. 

Join us in Boston, April 26-27

Thursday, April 26

Location: The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

5-8:30 pm Registration & packet pick-up

5:15 pm   Welcome & Introduction 

Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack (invited)

5:30 pm  Plenary: Innovation & Collaboration: The Road Towards Bike Equity in Boston

Panelists: Tiffany Cogell, Block Steward, The Boston Project Ministries; Nicole Ferraro, Active Living Project Manager, Boston Public Health Commission; Tamika R Francis, Community Engagement Manager, Boston Alliance for Community Health; Angela Johnson, Transportation Justice Organizer, Transportation for MA; Vivian Ortiz, Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition; Becca Wolfson, Executive Director, Boston Cyclists Union

Through education, awareness, systems change, and capacity building, representatives from a group of cross‐sector organizations have been working towards bike equity in Boston. They focused their efforts on under-resourced neighborhoods with a higher burden of chronic disease. The group hosted a Neighborhood Bike Forum uniting over 100 residents to connect, share, learn, and envision what bicycling could be in our neighborhoods.  Read more

 

Friday, April 27

Location: UMass Boston (100 Morrissey Blvd)

7:30 am   Registration and breakfast

8:15 am  Welcome & Opening Plenary

Speakers: Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Executive Director, East Coast Greenway Alliance; Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Dept. of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, and/or Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton (invited)

9 am  Expo Hall opens

9:15 - 10:30 am Morning Session I

Track 1:

  • Imagine People Here: Demonstration Projects as Planning/Advocacy Tools
  • The Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway – Building bicycle tourism and local biking culture in DownEast Maine
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail – Provincetown to the Canal

Track 2:

  • CTDOT Community Connectivity Program
  • Encroachment of OHRVs on designated non-motorized trails turn to session

Track 3:

  • Make Way for Ducklings (and bikes & peds)
  • Greenough Greenway: How Creative Fundraising and Public-Private Partnership Built a Community Asset

Track 4:

  • The East Bay Bike Path – 30 Years Later, What Have We Learned?
  • East Coast Greenway: The Importance of Collaboration and the “Collaboration Multiplier"    

10:45 am - noon: Morning Session II

Track 1:

  • The Power of Greenway Networks for Urban Mobility
  • Dockless Bike Sharing: The New Kid on the Block 

Track 2:

  • Multi-modal travel with bike: programs, capacity, and policy

Track 3:

  • City Walk: Writing robust community engagement into complete streets projects
  • Why is walking dangerous in rural communities and can complete streets help?
  • Ogunquit: Transforming a small community into a bicycle and pedestrian friendly town

Track 4:

  • Mattapan on Wheels: Engaging Teens Through Cycling
  • Organizing Community Bicycle Rides as Vehicles for Transportation Equity
  • Growing Bicycle Travel and Tourism for Economic Development (and much more)  

11 - 11:45 am: Poster Sessions & Networking in Expo Hall

  • Improving Safety for Greenway Users at Roadway Crossings: FHWA STEP Program
  • Granite State Rail Trail Development -- Working Together to Bridge the Gaps
  • Become a NorWALKer: Creating a Sustainable Walking Movement in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • The Seekonk Riverbank Revitalization Initiative - a community-sourced transformation
  • Cycling Without Age - "The Right to Wind in Your Hair!"
  • Encouraging Students & Families around Safe Routes to School

 

Noon - 1 pm: Lunch & Plenary

State breakout groups

1 - 1:30 pm: Networking in Expo Hall

1:30 - 3:15 pm: Mobile Workshops

Walking Tour of Boston Harbor. What does the Boston Harbor mean for the waterfront of Boston? Explore resilience planning initiatives in the city with a focus on the Harborwalk. The walk will start from the Campus Center and go to the Carson Beach and back. 

Neponset River Greenway. Bike tour of the Neponset River Greenway, approx. 4 miles one-way. Tour will be led by Jessica Mink, Vivian Ortiz and Lee Toma, members of the Neponset River Greenway Council. Residents and staff from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will share the story of knitting communities together socially and physically through the Greenway. The tour will follow a stop and go format to showcase signature achievements manifested in the built environment. (Transportation to and from the Greenway will be provided.)

1:30 - 3 pm: Afternoon Session I

Track 1:

  • Updates on MassDOT's Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Complete Streets and Multi-use Path Planning and Design Guide

Track 2:

  • The Connecticut Trail Census: Lessons Learned in Building a Volunteer-Based Data Collection Program on Multi-use Trails
  • More than concrete: How effective collaboration and engagement in trail design can create long-term value
  • Creating Connections: The Jack A. Markell Trail

Track 3, Lightning Round:

  • The Greenway - Urban by Choice; Safe by Choice?
  • Building a Vision Zero Action Plan: A Small City Experience
  • Seven Pedestrian Bridge and Boardwalk Design Considerations for Architects and Engineers
  • TravelSafely app for pedestrians and cyclist
  • Casey Arborway – Reconnecting Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

Track 4:

  • Connecting Folks to Boston's Spokes
  • A River Doesn't Run Through It    

3 pm: Networking, Expo Hall, & Snack Break 

3:30 - 4:45 pm: Afternoon Session II

Track 1:

  • Complete Streets in Connecticut
  • Connecticut’s Efforts to Complete the East Coast Greenway

Track 2:

  • Promoting Walkability and Bikeability with Public Health Partnerships

Track 3:

  • Planning the Upper Charles Trail Route through Ashland, MA
  • Understanding Advocacy: Roles, Phases, and Functions
  • Increasing Low-Stress Bike Accessibility to Jobs: Evaluating Bike Network Improvements in Boston using Level of Traffic Stress Criteria 2.0

Track 4:

  • Walking Our Way to Age-Friendly Communities
  • Design Challenges from the Safe Routes to School Program in Rhode Island
  • Ball & Socket Arts - Once we build it, they will ride there

 

5 - 5:15 pm: Closing Ceremony; adjourn to post-Summit celebration

 

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