the Rubber Meets the Road: Promoting
Active Transportation in Rural Areas
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
3:30 - 4:45 PM Eastern
are unique barriers to active modes of transportation in rural communities.
Rural environments typically lack pedestrian facilities and bike lanes; stores,
schools, jobs, and services are sometimes located far apart from homes; and
parks and recreation facilities are rare. In addition, some small town and
rural residents see "active transportation" - the ability for people
to be physically active in the course of daily life, e.g. walking to school or
the supermarket or bicycling to work - as out of place in the rural context.
these barriers is the first step towards finding opportunities to remove them.
In fact, the active living movement is gaining momentum in small towns, rural
and tribal communities in every region of the US. This Web Forum will feature a
frank roundtable discussion of how, through persistence and inspiration, small
towns can implement policies, programs, and environmental changes that support
walking and biking. Learn about strategies, tools, and resources that you can
use to improve your community so that children and adults can be more
physically active and healthier on a daily basis.
us for what will surely be a dynamic and thought-provoking forum on how rural
communities can support walking and biking. Unlike our traditional events, this
Web Forum will feature an entirely unscripted, round table conversation with
five leaders in the field of promoting Active Transportation. We look forward
to your comments and questions to help shape our open discussion. Prior to the Web Forum, we invite you to read the report Active Transportation Beyond
Urban Centers: Walking and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America.
- Eric Oberg, ManagerTrail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Jennifer Rice, Director, Community Strategies, Humboldt Area Foundation
- Ronald Cossman, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center
- Mark Duncan, President, Starkville in Motion
Tracy Hadden Loh, Director, National Transportation
Enhancements Clearinghouse, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
To register, please visit this link.