Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Talk about Walking, Biking, Land Use, and Transportation Tomorrow

Don't forget, tomorrow on Wednesday, October 8th, James F. Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family & Preventive Medicine at University of California, San Diego, will give a Healthy Communities talk, "Rx for Better Health: Walking, Biking, and Moving."

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A recent add to the program looks terrific!
Sallis' presentation will be followed by an interactive exchange with local officials on specific steps that local governments and citizens can take to improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other “active travelers.” The local panel: Linda Norris, Salem City Manager; David Fox, Salem Planning Commissioner; Janice Naimy, Senior Director of Health Innovation, Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties; and Garth Brandaw, AIA, Senior Principal, CB Two Architects.
Previous talks along the same lines from Gil Penalosa and Jeffrey Tumlin have not had any formal public engagement with City Staff, and this looks like a solid move in the right direction. Hopefully discussion will be substantive rather than the same old bromides.

More details from the initial announcement after the jump...
From the poster:
62% of Oregon’s population is overweight or obese. Obesity related illnesses cost the state about $1.6 billion a year in health care costs. Join us on Wed., Oct. 8, to hear a national expert discuss how community design, land use, and transportation policies can enable us to be more physically active – and, in turn, healthier throughout our lives.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association has more:
A national expert on active living will speak in Portland (10/7), Beaverton (10/7), Salem (10/8), Eugene (10/9), and Bend (10/10) to discuss how community design, land use, and transportation policies affect our ability to be more physically active - and, in turn, our ability to stay healthy throughout the lifespan...

While public health officials have long understood that toxins in air, water, and food can harm human health, many now recognize that the way communities are designed and laid out - and the extent to which transportation policies help or hinder options to move more through simply walking and bicycling - can have dramatic consequences on the level of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease that are seen in the population.

Sallis' presentation will be followed by an interactive exchange on specific steps that cities can take to improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other "active travelers."

At least two presentations are planned in each region-a technical discussion geared towards health professionals and professional planners, engineers, and urban designers (most planned during the day), and an evening event for the public.
Doors will open at 6pm, and the talk runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm. It will be at Willamette University Law Building, John C. Paulus Great Hall, 245 Winter St., S.E.

Update. October 27th

Here are the slide decks in pdf form for the "public" talk and the "professional" talk.


Curt said...

Small turnout. Same bromides. Very disappointing.

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

When I didn't see anything in the SJ or much chatter elsewhere, I feared as much.

Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Despite the small turnout, there was some good discussion by the panel and the audience about planning and development issues in Salem.

Anonymous said...

The turnout wasn't great, and I was disappointed not to see any members of the city council present. They are the ones who really needed to see this.

However there was a daytime presentation with a bit more detail for planning professionals, and Diana Dickey was present there, as well as a number of city staffers.

I liked hearing the developer's perspective on the evening panel. I get the sense that it wouldn't take a lot to get somebody to do a good project downtown to prove the market, before things would really pick up. If only I had a few extra million bucks laying around...

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

More thoughts on the talks here.

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

updated with links to slide decks - maybe the most striking is a side-by-side of a mid-rise urban walmart and a low-rise big-box-on-a-parking-lot walmart. Didn't know such a thing existed!