Like-minded people are gathering to chart Orange County’s embrace of walking and biking. And you’re invited, if you RSVP.
Politicians, city planners, traffic engineers and bicycle and pedestrian activists are scheduled to introduce themselves to each other at the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County Active Transportation Forum Oct. 18.
The professionals and activists are doing more than shaking hands at the gathering, subtitled, “Complete Streets and Active Living for Orange County!” The flyer reads organizers intend the forum to “identify challenges and opportunities, share best practices and develop priorities for Active Transportation as a region.”
The all-day Friday forum is being held at the University of California Irvine University Club from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a free lunch if you give the required RSVP.
Veggie Biking has registered to attend and intends to report the conference live on @veggiebiking.
Below is the agenda:
9:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Opening Remarks, Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH, Professor of Public Health, UC Irvine
10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome, Barry Ross, Chairman, Alliance for a Healthy Orange County (AHOC)
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Active Transportation Recognition Awards
10:25 a.m. – 11: 25 a.m. Panel 1: Why Complete Streets
This panel will showcase recent research on complete streets, best practices and identify the opportunities and challenges today and in the future at the local and regional level.
Panelist: Rye Baerg, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, America Bracho, Latino Health Access, Rock Miller, Stantec
Moderator: Leah Ersoylu, Ersoylu consulting
11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Charles Gandy, Livable Communities Inc., is a nationally recognized consulting firm focused on community design, trail planning and design, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, and creating charismatic, vibrant and economically successful communities.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. What is the future of Complete Streets and the pathways to implementation?
This panel session, will discuss areas of common ground for implementation for all modes of transportation that are safer, more livable and sustainable for all users. The panelist will also provide input on who must lead the charge in redefining the function of streets. Lastly, the panelist will discuss support in developing and adopting new guidelines to support complete streets.
Panelist: Hasan Ikhrata, Southern California Association of Governments, Ryan Chamberlain, California Department of Transportation, District 12, Charlie Larwood, Orange County Transportation Authority, Moderator: Victor Becerra, UCI’s Community Health Action Network for Growth through Equity and Sustainability (CHANGES)
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break- Out Sessions
1. Advocacy at the grassroots level with Community Members and Elected Officials
Panelist: Frank Peters, Newport Beach Advocate, Ava Steaffens, Kidworks
Moderator: Sergio Contreras, United Way of Orange County and Councilmember, Westminster
2. Connecting the dots with Engineers and Planners for Complete Streets
Panelist: William Galvez, Acting Public Works Director, City of Santa Ana, Pam Galera, Planner, City of Anaheim
Moderator: Brenda Miller, PEDal
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Funding and the Political and Public Process for Complete Streets
This session will discuss the challenges and how to build public and political support for Complete Streets. Additionally, this session will provide information on new funding sources like Cap and Trade and financing strategies to pay for new infrastructure and programs.
Panelist: Councilmember Tony Petros, City of Newport Beach, Councilmember Gail Eastman, City of Anaheim, Jennifer Klausner, LA Bicycle Coalition Moderator: Pauline Chow, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks- Vision for Active Transportation in Orange County