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Right-sizing your Approach to Active Transportation Planning

The future of mobility in Ohio will include a return to more walkable and bikeable communities that are safe and comfortable for everyone. Active Transportation Plans (ATPs) can help achieve this goal, but how each community achieves that goal varies greatly. Does your community need specific facilities identified for the entire network or is it more important to focus on a few high priority locations?

In this session, you'll learn how to approach and create implementable and equitable ATPs based on the size of the community, from ODOT district to county to city to village. Panelists will represent or have worked with differently-sized communities and contexts, including ODOT's District 8 (seven counties), City of Dayton (medium city), Orange Township (suburban township), and several small villages. Panelists will discuss how data analyses and engagement should be right-sized for a community, including how to use data in a meaningful way to drive a plan while also avoiding analysis paralysis, or how to work with a rural community that may not have data readily available. We will also discuss how to consider equity when prioritizing projects, so that resources can be invested in areas of the highest need. We'll provide examples from an ODOT district, county, city, and small village active transportation plans. A district-wide plan will have a data-heavy approach while a small village may rely on building community consensus through engagement.


Katie O'Lone
Jacqueline Yeoman
Susan Vincent
Brianne Hetzel, P.E.
Robin Duffee, AICP


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