Friday, April 1, 2011

Livable Streets in Kirksville and Springfield

This week PedNet Coalition's Robert Johnson and I traveled to offer Livable Streets Trainings in Kirksville and Ozark, Missouri. Kirksville is a University town in otherwise rural north Missouri while Ozark is a small city in northern Christian County, which is one or if not the fastest growing counties in the state.

In Kirksville we had 42 eager trainees who learned about what that city is doing in terms of making the city more accessible to all modes of transportation. Local researcher and dynamo Rachel Ruhlen will build on this training as she launches Kirksville Area in Motion, the new bike-ped advocacy group for that area.

Dan Martin explains the proposed FLATS Trail to Kirksville Livable Streets Open House attendees.
While the Ozark group was half what showed for the Kirksville training they were equally enthusiastic. More design professionals showed up last night in Ozark probably owing to the fact we are near Missouri's third largest city, Springfield. City of Ozark staff want to see a bike-ped advocacy group form there. This group will give them feedback on project proposals as well as propose ideas for new bicycle facilities, sidewalks and trail connections. The City's Larry Martin and Cara Bourneman are leading the charge quite capably in Ozark.

Upcoming Missouri Livable Streets Advocacy Trainings are in Kansas City (April 28) and Cape Girardeau May 3).

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