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The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, in collaboration with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, hosted the “Safe Routes for All Town Hall 2.0” on Thursday, September 21. 2017, from 7-9 pm at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.  The goal was to raise awareness about the importance of having bicycle and pedestrian transportation infrastructure that is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.

The event included a presentation by, Mark Fenton, a national public health, planning and transportation consultant, adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. He’s the author of numerous books including the best-selling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss and Fitness.” Fenton spoke about the importance of “engineering physical activity back into American communities and lives.”

City commission candidates attended the event and spoke briefly about their vision for a community with safe routes for all.  The event program included questions to the Commission and School Board candidates and their responses.

Thanks to everyone who came to learn about and show their support for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.

Contents

Program and Candidate Responses

Mark Fenton PowerPoint and audience polling results

Mark Fenton Biography

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best-selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008). He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant. Mark was a member of the United States national racewalking team from 1986 to 1991, and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalk. He studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center's Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and manager of Reebok's Human Performance Laboratory. Mark has research publications and articles related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, and community level interventions. He's a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use.

Supporting Organizations

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this event!

Anderson Rentals
Cycle Works
Jayhawk Audubon Society
Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods
Lawrence Unchained
League of Women Voters
The Merc Coop
Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association
Raven Bookstore
Sunflower Outdoor and Bike
Sunset Hill Neighborhood Association
Sustainability Action Network