Navigating MAP-21 Workshop Recaps: Orlando, FL & Concord, NH
Mar 31, 2014
February and March has been a busy month with Advocacy Advance. In addition to all of the great energy at the National Bike Summit and fun at the Alliance’s Advocacy Awards, Advocacy Advance has been on the road. We recently held our first two Navigating MAP-21 Workshops in 2014: the first in Orlando, FL; and most recently in Concord, NH.
Advocacy Advance facilitated its 20th workshop in Orlando, FL, with Florida Bicycle Association and MetroPlan Orlando. Harold Barley, Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, welcomed the crowd of nearly 50 attendees and emphasized the importance of transportation investments in the Orlando region. Attendees included a diverse audience—representing planners, engineers, advocates, business owners, and local elected officials from cities in the region.
Top: Harold Barley, Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, gives the welcome address. Bottom: Attendees walk and roll during the morning's walking break, observing street conditions and applying knowledge about funding programs to improve safety.
Common themes emerged throughout the day. Attendees were concerned about bicycle and pedestrian safety, trail and commuter connections (including to transit), and the nuts and bolts of how to fund and implement a bicycle master plan. The diverse backgrounds of the attendees allowed for spirited group discussions and forming new connections and partnerships among attendees.
The next Navigating MAP-21 Workshop was held at the end of March, hosted by the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH), the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and HEAL NH. Despite the snow from the night before the workshop, over 80 advocates and local agency staff gathered at DHHS to learn about public funds for bicycling and walking in New Hampshire.
The Concord workshop featured great support from elected officials, including a welcome letter from Governor Margaret Hassan, a recorded welcome address from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and a keynote from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Congresswoman Shea-Porter spoke about her family’s experiences riding a bicycle and walking in their neighborhood and along New Hampshire’s beautiful trails, and the important need for safe infrastructure. Together, the Governor, Senator, and Congresswoman echoed the message for the need for safe and accessible infrastructure for people who bike and walk.
“Expanding opportunities for biking and walking as both transportation and recreation options requires a broad coalition,” said Tim Blagden, Executive Director of BWANH. “By working with partners we will increase awareness of the strong economic and health benefits of these types of projects. BWANH will continue to reach out across the state to involve more businesses, towns, organizations and individuals as we build a state that makes multimodal transportation safe and convenient.”
Advocacy Advance is hitting the road over the next few months, so stay tuned for more recaps and observations from our Navigating MAP-21 Workshops around the country. We hope to catch you at one of our upcoming workshops:
Honolulu, Hawaii: April 8-9
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: May 29-30
Carrboro, North Carolina: June 12
Chattanooga, Tennessee: July 10
Rio Grande Valley, Texas: August 1
Austin, Texas: August 4