Meet Us in Minneapolis for NPC24

We’re looking forward to the American Planning Association’s 2024 National Planning Conference, being held April 1316 in Minneapolis, MN. Toole Design staff will be sharing some recent projects, including the City of Madison’s Let’s Talk Streets initiative, the award-winning ATX Walk Bike Roll effort by the City of Austin, and our work in Memphis over the last several years. We’ve also organized a mobile workshop of Minneapolis that will touch upon the planning issues that affect underserved communities. On Monday morning, we conclude with the latest thinking on successfully integrating e-bikes in transportation planning and design. 

Toole Design staff will be on hand throughout the conference, including Minneapolis Office Director Mitzi AlexDirector of Planning, North America Alia Anderson; Raleigh Office Director Jared Draper; Director of Operations, Midwestern U.S. Ciara Schlichting; Senior Planner Jim Sebastian; and Active Transportation Plan Practice Lead Adam Wood.

Learn more about our projects and our approach by attending the sessions below.

Saturday, April 13

Adam Wood will lead a conversation on how the City of Madison, WI, has reframed the traditional street design and transportation planning approach through the Let’s Talk Streets process, and how it is leading to more equitable outcomes for all users. Learn more.

Take a ride through Minneapolis — and across the Mississippi River  during this mobile workshop coordinated by Ciara Schlichting. Using inclusive bikeway facilities to get around, key stops will showcase how agencies and stakeholders have come together to plan and design a more inclusive, healthy, accessible, and economically viable community. Learn more.

Sunday, April 14

Adam Wood will also facilitate a session on ATX Walk Bike Roll, a coordinated effort to simultaneously update the City of Austin’s three active transportation plans. Members of the project team will discuss lessons learned and key strategies they used to break down the complex challenges into manageable components. Learn more.

Jared Draper will moderate a session on how the City of Memphis, partnering agencies, and local creatives are implementing traffic safety projects with an artistic twist. He’ll be joined by a panel to cover the successes and lessons that can be applied to other communities. Learn more.

Monday, April 15

Alia Anderson will present on the specific actions cities can take to prepare for the e-bike revolution, get ahead of the challenges, and harness the immense opportunities. In this session, you’ll also hear about two local programs that are working to increase e-bike access and improve safety for everyone. Learn more.

We love hearing what our colleagues are working on, and we look forward to this opportunity to learn and share the latest best practices for planning thriving communities. Please reach out if you’d like to set up a time to meet with a Toole Design presenter or a member of our Minneapolis team during NPC 2024. See you in Minneapolis!

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