On February 7th and 8th, 2013, the Congress for the New Urbanism offered two separate training sessions on the principles and practice of urban street design for transportation professionals and decision-makers from around the Chicago area. For the event, CNU invited nationally recognized experts in urban street design. Featured speakers included:
- John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism
- Rock Miller, Stantec Consulting and ITE International Past President
- Ken Voigt, Ayres Associates
- Stacey Meekins, Senior Planner at Sam Schwartz Engineering
- Marcy McInelly, CNU Board Member and President of Urbsworks, Inc.
- Norman Garrick, CNU Board Member and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut
The workshop outlined the Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual - a set of national guidelines co-produced by CNU and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The event offered a unique opportunity for participants to learn how the manual can be applied to support the state’s context sensitive solutions policy, help implement the region’s GO TO 2040 plan and overcome obstacles to building vibrant, walkable communities.
CNU partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation to organize these workshops, which are supported by a generous grant from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust. The grant will also allow CNU to work with CMAP, Illinois DOT and other participants as they move forward. Lessons from the workshop will be showcased at CNU 21 in Salt Lake City.