The Broward chapter of the US Green Building Council will be hosting a public meeting on the topic of Planning for Sustainable Communities: Transit, Bicycles, and Pedestrians. The South Florida Bike Coalition is proud to be working with the USGBC to present this important topic to the public. Join us on August 17 at 6pm at… wait for it…FDOT! (District IV’s auditorium on 3400 West Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale), from 6-8pm.
The meeting is just $10 for members of the public and includes the opportunity to corner your favorite FDOT officials at the free food & bev table! *NOTE: The regular $10 contribution for non-members has been reduced to $5 for anyone travelling via mass transit or bicycle to the event*
The panel will be as follows:
- Moderator: Jeffrey Lynne, Branch Secretary (and SFBC Board President)
- Kathryn Moore, Executive Director, South Florida Bike Coalition
- Felipe Azenha, Contributing Writer, TransitMiami.com
- Mark Horowitz, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Raphael Clemente, AICP, Assistant Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
- John-Mark Palacios, E.I., Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator, FDOT District IV
Here’s the official spiel:
“On March 15, 2010, United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood released a public statement which stated: “Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized….And our ongoing inter-agency DOT-EPA-HUD partnership on sustainable communities actively encourages planning for walkability and bikability. We think livability means giving folks the flexibility to choose their own mobility.” And with that simple statement, DOT has embarked upon a seismic shift in transportation policy by unequivocally endorsing an increased commitment to and investment in bicycle facilities and walking networks to help meet goals for cleaner, healthier air; less congested roadways; and more livable, safe, cost-efficient communities. Stated otherwise, federal funding will begin to favor transportation modes that are designed and planned to move people, not just cars; discourage urban sprawl; and produce less carbon emissions.”
We hope to see you there.