- Learn the importance of collecting and using evidence and how to use this evidence to create change in their own communities
- Explore research being done on new and unique ways of collecting walkability data
- Hear from a community working to create walkable communities by collecting data and assessing their finding.
About the Presenters
Geoffrey Battista is a PhD candidate in geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He examines how pedestrian planning instruments and documents can better incorporate the needs of vulnerable groups, particularly those for whom socioeconomic disadvantage is a primary determinant of travel behavior. For more information, visit http://www.geoffreybattista.com or @GeoffBattista on Twitter.
Kelly Rodgers is the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a non-profit organization developing an evidence-based transportation planning website that illustrates the effect of transportation strategies on community goals. Kelly has nearly 20 years of city planning experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in a variety of areas including green infrastructure and sustainable transportation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is currently a doctoral student in Urban Studies at Portland State University.