A Sidewalk Isn’t Enough: Relearning How to Design for Three Miles Per Hour

11 June 2016 Written by   Published in Break-Out Sessions

Session Description

People are drawn to streets that are designed for walking, and repelled by streets that are not. However, it is often difficult to explain why a street works or doesn't work for walking. Additionally, identifying needed improvements can be an elusive problem. This session will demystify walkability. We will describe a new methodology to measure walkability, show off the local application where more than 1,200 blocks were scored, and discuss practical ways to make our streets safe and attractive for walking again.


Jon LarsonJon Larsen, Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services Manager, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Jon is the manager of the Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services group at WFRC. This group is in charge of model development and application, data management, and geographic information services (GIS). This work provides the technical base for nearly all of the work performed by WFRC. Prior to joining WFRC, Jon worked as a consultant where he managed projects and performed travel demand modeling, traffic engineering, and transportation planning.

Reid EwingReid Ewing, Professor, Director, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah

Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and columnist for Planning magazine. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ewing’s work is aimed at planning practitioners. His eight books include Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, just co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years. His 90 peer reviewed articles include "Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity," the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators; and “Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis,” given the Best Article of 2010 Award by the American Planning Association.

Callie NewCallie New, Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Callie New is a Transportation Planner for the Wasatch Front Regional Council, where she works on the Regional Transportation Plan, spatial analysis related to accessibility, and technical support for the Transportation Land Use Connection program. Prior to joining WFRC, Callie obtained a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, where she studied planning implications of rapid growth and decline. Callie's favorite research topics involve examining the nexus between the built environment and pedestrian travel behavior.

LauraClayton cropped BW RedoneLaura Clayton, Architect, Sustainability Coordinator, Babcock Design

Laura is an architect and sustainability coordinator at Babcock Design Group. She believes that social, economic, and cultural concerns are an inherent part of the larger sustainability movement and advocates that building sustainably integrally addresses environmental and social issues. She has played an innovative role in community engagement by establishing platforms for dialogue between citizens, groups, and design professionals. She has led urban revitalization efforts in Tremonton, Lester Park in Ogden, Pioneer Park in SLC, and has been an active proponent for walkability throughout SLC. Utilizing her training in Public Interest Design, Laura incorporates engagement, inclusion and advocacy to create healthy and vibrant spaces. She believes that strong communities are a result of intentional, collaborative, integrated design, and works to seek solutions across disciplines and typologies. She is an active leader in the AIA YAF, the AIA COTE, and Urban Design Utah where she looks for opportunities at the intersection of interior/exterior, public/private, built/unbuilt - at the threshold of disciplines where solutions are found through communication, collaboration, and action.