The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development and Sustainability
**This event has concluded. Please see below for links to digital presentations, photos, video recordings, evaluation survey, and more.
An Exploration of the Transportation Ecosystem
A half day forum in Downtown Bangor examining how Maine towns and cities can embrace the benefits of walkable communities.
- Tuesday September 19th, 2017, 8:15a-12:30pm
- Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street, Downtown Bangor Maine
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In Maine we know that having a walkable town or city is just as important to elders as it is to millennials and families. This forum is designed to inspire and prepare communities to diversify modes of transportation as a way to boost health, economic development, and sustainability for citizens, businesses, and institutions. Explore the many creative ways, from infrastructure to events, that communities can develop vibrant villages and downtowns as well as artful connections to open spaces outside of the city center.
Program – See links for presentations
9:00a Plenary Panel Discussion – The Case For Walkability – Venue: Bangor Arts Exchange
- Rebecca Boulos MPH PhD, Executive Director Maine Public Health Association; Senior Research Associate, USM, Cutler Institute for Health & Social Policy
- Click to view or download Rebecca Boulos’ Presentation
- Jim Tasse, Assistant Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- Click for Jim Tasse’s Presentation
- Kara Wilbur, Director, Principle; Coordinator of Build Maine
- Click for Kara Wilbur’s Presentation
UMaine Student Bryan Picciotto Filmed the Plenary presentation.
11:00a Breakout panel presentations & discussions, various locations, Downtown Bangor
- Walkability & Health – Venue: Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
- Moderated by Dyan Walsh, Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Patty Hamilton, Director, Bangor Public Health
- Sarah Cushman, Cushman Transportation Consulting LLC & Maine DOT Heads Up! Program
- Click here for Sarah Cushman’s Presentation
- Duane Scott, Board Member, Kennebec River Rail Trail
- Lynn Silk, Principal of Vine Street School, Bangor, presenting on the Walking School Bus
- Click here for Lynn Silk’s Presentation
- Walkability & Economic Development – A Bangor Case Study – Venue: COESPACE
- Moderated by Joshua Gass, Launchpad & Downtown Bangor Partnership
- Tanya Emery, Director, Community & Economic Development Department, City of Bangor
- Heather Furth, Entrepreneur and Co-Owner of Furth Properties, Verve Burritos, Orono Brewing Company & Woodman’s Bar & Grill
- Click here for Heather Furth’s Presentation
- Sean Gambrel, Planner & Historic Preservation Specialist, City of Bangor; Coordinator of Friends of Lower Kenduskeag Stream
- Walkability & Sustainability – Venue: First National Bank
- Moderated by Karen Marysdaughter, Peace & Justice Center
- Hank Garfield, Author, BDN Blog ‘Slower Traffic’
- Featured Blog Posts:
- Freedom’s Just Another Word for the Obligations of Owning a Car
- Driving below the speed limit is an act of ‘Civil Obedience’ (References the Walkability Forum)
- Featured Blog Posts:
- Peter Garret, Sustain Mid Maine
- Click here for Peter Garret’s Presentation
- Sadie Lloyd, Planner, City of Belfast
- Click here for Sadie Lloyd’s Presentation
- Bangor Walkability & Pedestrian Safety Walking Tour
- Erik Da Silva, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
- This is a walking tour of sites around Bangor of concern to pedestrians. Maine Dept of Transportation and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine held two Pedestrian Safety Forums in Bangor on August 9 & 16. Learn more about this event and the statewide pedestrian safety work here.
- This tour is RAIN OR SHINE. Please dress accordingly.
Photos – Click to see larger version
More photos available on Facebook – Click Here to go to Facebook Album (You do not have to be a Facebook User to view!)
APA / AICP Continuing Education & Certification Maintenance Credits Pending
Walkability Forum Generously Sponsored by
Event Partners include:
City of Bangor, Downtown Bangor Partnership, Bangor Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Maine Discovery Museum, Eastern Maine Development Corp, Alpha One, Transportation for All, Walk n Roll, Bangor Y, Livable Communities, LaunchPad, Bangor Greendrinks, Bangor Climate Action Team