May 13 Luncheon Webinar: Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission

May 13, 2020 NACITE Luncheon Webinar: 12:00

We’ve taken our May luncheon online due to the current restrictions. Please join NACITE and our May sponsor, WSP, on May 13 for our first ever webinar.

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Mobility has an ever-increasing importance in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and is shaping its citizens access to education, employment, and leisure activities. With over 8 studies investigating integrated transit services within the region over the past 10 years, a unique opportunity arose from 13 municipalities in the Capital Region joining forces to move forward in the creation of a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC). In 2019, WSP was selected in partnership with EY and Anderson Consulting to examine the business case for a Regional Transit Commission. Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission, outlines a plan for starting up integrated transit services. The participating municipalities will move forward with an application to the Government of Alberta seeking approval to legally form the commission. Diana, Carolyn and Anika from WSP will provide a high-level overview of the project, the draft Transit Services Guidelines document and conceptual Transit Service Delivery for testing in the business case.

Pre-registration is required for the webinar. Please click the below button for registration.

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About the Speaker

Carolyn Sherstone is WSP’s new Edmonton Transportation Planning lead. Carolyn is a professional engineer and professional planner with more than 10 years experience in Transportation Planning and Engineering in the Edmonton region. Her diverse experience ranges from developing traffic models to working with clients on multimodal infrastructure assessments, including walking, cycling and transit planning. A life long resident of the Edmonton region, Carolyn is proud to have worked on plans that consider the safety and network accessibility for people of all ages and abilities in various local municipalities and looks forward to bringing that experience to the WSP team in the future. 

Anika Muhammad recently joined WSP’s Edmonton office as a Transportation Planning Engineer. Prior to working at WSP, Anika worked for the City of Edmonton for 8 years on long-term strategic transportation planning initiatives. Anika has in-depth experience working with Complete Streets, Strategic Transportation Planning, Multimodal Network Planning, Development Planning, and Advisory Services. Anika uses her daily experiences as an active modes and transit user in her Transportation Planning practice and is passionate about creating functional and enjoyable mobility experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Diana is an EIT with WSP’s Planning & Advisory group and primarily focuses on providing sustainable mobility solutions. Diana has worked on a variety transportation projects across Canada and is passionate about encouraging sustainable transportation through policy, planning, and implementation to improve quality of life and create truly livable cities. Diana lives car-free in Calgary and enjoys exploring international cities and their transportation systems.

April 14 Luncheon Cancelled due to COVID-19 Virus

The April 14 ITE/APPI joint luncheon has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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April 14, 2020 NACITE Luncheon: Addressing Today’s Community Health and Wellbeing Priorities: Opportunities for Transportation

 

Non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and strokes, diabetes, cancers and mental health conditions are now the leading causes of mortality and morbidity, and healthcare costs, across provinces in Canada.  Our populations are also aging.  The scientific evidence is growing about the role that community and street designs play in impacting people’s ability to be regularly active through active transportation like walking, cycling and transit use, and in people’s ability to access healthy foods and beverages and active recreation opportunities which also support healthier dietary behaviours and physical activity.  Community and street designs supportive of active transportation modes have also been shown to be associated with decreased social isolation, sense of stress and crime, and with increased economic benefits such as retail sales and job creation.  This presentation will discuss these issues and case studies illustrating global best practices and the opportunities for collaboration between transportation and health professionals.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC is author of the new book Fit Cities.  She is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Dept of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lee recently returned to Canada from a decade and a half away in the U.S., undertaking work first for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, followed by her position for nearly 9 years in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Inaugural Director of Healthy Built Environments and Deputy to the Assistant Commissioner of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration. She has acted as Special Advisor to multiple World Health Organization regional offices on intersectoral collaboration issues to address the social and environmental determinants of health, and to improve health equity.  Dr. Lee was awarded the Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award in 2017.  More information on her work and available free resources can also be found at www.drkarenlee.com .

March 4 Luncheon: Stony Plain Active Transportation Strategy

March 4, 2020 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by Bunt & Associates:

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In January of 2020 Bunt & Associates, in partnership with Mobycon, prepared an Active Transportation Strategy for the Town of Stony Plain, Alberta.  The Active Transportation Strategy is intended to establish the vision and direction to facilitate the implementation of active transportation strategies for the community.

Through a review of Canadian and international active transportation infrastructure best practice and feedback from the Community using Thoughtexchange, an online engagement tool, 44 specific prioritized infrastructure projects were identified for consideration.  These specific initiatives were also supported through the identification of initiatives to promote and enable active transportation in the Community.  The presentation will highlight the key findings from the project, including existing barriers to active transportation within Stony Plain, how the use of Thoughtexchange contributed to the process, and the five catalyst projects that were identified to kick start the implementation of the strategy.

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About the Speaker

Jason Potter is an Associate from Bunt’s Victoria office and was the Project Manager and Lead Transportation Planner on the project.  Over the past 15 years, Jason has expanded his knowledge of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle interface and multi-modal intersection design. Jason is a cycling optimist. Admittedly, he sometimes forgets to wear his helmet but he always yields to pedestrians and believes that someday all transportation modes will flow in harmony.

Rescheduled: Winter Bike Tour

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DUE TO A CONFLICT WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE TOUR TO MARCH 12.

Join NACITE for a Winter Bike “At Lunch” Day on March 12, 2020! Don’t have a winter ready bike? NACITE has rented 15 Fat Tire Bikes for us to use so you have the option to rent or bring your own. This winter cycling tour will depart from Edmonton Tower, take you on a 6.0 km journey through Downtown, and bring you right back to Edmonton Tower. Not sure or nervous about winter cycling? This tour is the perfect opportunity to try it out with fellow NACITE friends, no one will be left behind. Ian Hosler and Julie Cournoyer from the City of Edmonton will lead us through navigating Edmonton’s bicycle infrastructure in the winter! So let’s learn together and try out winter cycling!Event details:

  • Register before Tuesday March 10 at 5 pm.
  • Choose if you would like to rent a fat tire bike or bring your own when you register.
  • Cost: $20 if you are renting a bike, free if you bring your own bike.
  • Event Date: March 12, 2020 from 11:30 am to about 1:00 pm.
  • What to wear: Good question! Layers, layers, layers! Depending on the weather that day, you may want to consider snow pants and something warm to cover your face and neck (neck tube/balaclava). Some of us like wear ski goggles too! Warm mittens or gloves and warm socks. A helmet is mandatory for this tour.
  • Where to meet: We will meet Edmonton Tower lobby at 11:30 am and depart from the parkade together at 11:50 am.
  • The tour will take approximately 1 hour, getting us back to Edmonton Tower around 1:00 pm.

Please email contact@nacite.org or alefebvre@bunteng.com if you have any questions about the event!

 

Feb 5 Luncheon: Jasper Avenue New Vision – Facing Challenges with Creativity, Collaboration, and Flexibility

Feb 5, 2020 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by DIALOG / Al-Terra Joint Venture:

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Japer Avenue is Edmonton’s signature main street. The Jasper Avenue New Vision is a major catalyst project identified in the capital city Downtown Plan and calls for the avenue to feature a high quality pedestrian experience including, a narrowed roadway, wider sidewalks, tree planting, and refined streetscape elements.

Reconstructing Jasper Avenue and redefining its look and feel, while also rehabilitating and working around existing underground structures such as pedways, convention centres, and LRT stations, doesn’t come without challenges. The project team had to get creative, be collaborative, and flexible to handle all the “curve balls” that come with working in the downtown core of Alberta’s capital city.

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About the Speaker

Dwayne Andrews is an engineering technologist at Al-Terra Engineering Ltd., with over 10 years experience in roadway design, from concept to construction and everything in between. Working with both public and private sector clients, Dwayne has developed expertise in dealing with retrofit conditions on arterial roadways and neighbourhood rehabilitation. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling with his wife and two children, participating in sports, and volunteers in the community with the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County.

Dec 4 Luncheon: Calgary’s Plus 15 Network Study

Dec 4, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by McElhanney:

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Calgary’s Plus 15 structure became operational in the early 1970’s and has expanded to include eighty-three structures covering over 18 km and is one of North America’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems. However, there was never a system-wide Plus 15 network plan to identify specific bridge locations or where tie-ins needed to occur. The existing Plus 15 network is meant to serve multiple objectives, including decreasing pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, providing a climate controlled pedestrian space, improving access to downtown amenities, and encouraging further development in the downtown.

The objective of the network study was to create a network plan that improves the current Plus 15 network and develop ways to expand and enhance the network. The plan included extensive stakeholder engagement and developed recommendations on missing links, hours of operation, boundary expansion, accessibility, placemaking opportunities and wayfinding.

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About the Speaker

Irini Akhnoukh is a Senior Transportation Engineer at McElhanney with fourteen years of experience in the public and private sectors managing and leading large complex transportation planning projects, scoping and reviewing transportation impact assessments, implementing Complete Streets, organizing and facilitating collaborative community and public engagement events.

She’s been heavily involved in ITE for 15 years in a multiple array of roles and is currently the chair of the CITE Technical Liaison Committee. In her free time, she loves travelling and has made it to 33 countries in 5 continents.

Transportation Practitioners Social Night

When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 21, 2019
Where: WerkStatt, 10015 103 Avenue #29
Cost: $15

Join us for our annual “Transportation Practitioners Social Night” with special guest City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack  who will be giving a presentation on Transportation Projects in Edmonton. There will also be a wine tasting by Adega de Favaious – Famous Wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Tickets can be purchased here.