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Strategic Research Symposium on Pedestrians & Walkability
Co-Sponsored by the TRB Committee on Pedestrians, ITE Pedestrian & Bicycle Council, and CDC Physical Activity Policy Research Network

Date: Tuesday, September 2nd

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: Westin Seattle | Room: Cascade IA

Cost: This is a free symposium. Thanks to ProWalk/ProBike for making space available.

There has been a surge of interest in walkability over the past five years. Researchers are learning about pedestrian-friendly communities and observing opportunities for walking to improve health, safety, environment, and efficiency. Unfortunately, people trying to guide policy and design efforts find that even basic questions remain unasked, much less answered. This open session is an invitation for you to help address this disparity.

The strategic research symposium is a rare chance for practitioners to roll up their sleeves and work together with leading researchers to identify needed research. Professionals, advocates, and policy makers can pose new questions and set priorities to guide future research efforts. Outcomes will help to guide the Transportation Research Board and other national organizations’ recommendations and proposals for future research funding. Products from the symposium include a draft research agenda and a report on this workshop at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

1. Making Research Strategic (30 minutes) ENSEMBLE

Welcome & Introduction – Dr. Anne Vernez Moudon, University of Washington
Being Strategic about Research – Bob Schneider, University of California Berkeley

2. What do we know? / What don’t we know? (60 minutes) WORKSHOP

Four groups to chart research needs (facilitated by research leaders)
with brief Introduction by David Levinger, The Mobility Education Foundation

3. Strategizing Connections with Sponsors of Research (60 minutes) WORKSHOP

Four groups to chart partner/sponsorship for research (facilitated by research leaders) with brief Introduction by Matthew Ridgway/Meghan Mitman, Fehr & Peers (5 minutes)

4. A Pedestrian Research Action Agenda (30 minutes) ENSEMBLE

Crafting outcomes of the workshop into an agenda and plan. Building on this workshop at the January 10, 2009 TRB Workshop in Washington, DC.

Adjourn at 4:30 PM

For more information contact organizers Robert Schneider or David Levinger (206) 390-8118

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