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Abandoned to Active: Fostering Walking and Biking in the Rust Belt

Date: 9/3/2014

Rust belt communities in Northwest Indiana and the Pittsburgh area are investing in active transportation solutions to revitalize their regions. This session will highlight projects that are creating new life in older industrialized communities.  Recent investments have transformed former blighted areas, and reconnected people with their natural assets - e.g. Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes; and the Three Rivers and Allegheny Ridge Heritage Areas of Pittsburgh and its Laurel Highlands. This session will focus on how vision communicated via videos and other branding tools -- plus plans, reinvestment, and action -- are turning rust-belt regions into vital hubs for active transportation enthusiasts.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to understand how to develop trails within challenging physical environments.
  2. Participants will be able to expand their frame of reference to consider their trail in larger regional contexts.
  3. Participants will be able to see built examples of community placemaking and how to apply transformative strategies in once-decayed urban areas.
  4. Participants will be able to view and learn from examples of area branding efforts.

Jeff Richards, Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks & Recreation and John Turack, Penn State Extension will be 2 of the co-presenters in this session.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Thursday 9/11 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM in Breakout Rooms, 311

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Sponsored by Pro Bike/Pro Walk/Pro Place
For questions or technical assistance please call the registration office at 800-280-6218 or 541-346-3537 or email at prowalkprobike@ce.uoregon.edu.

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