Monday, September 8, 2014

Invite to Billy Hattaway's MPO presentations: update on FDOT bike/ped/complete streets initiatives

 Here's your chance to hear Billy Hattaway speak about issues near and dear to BWL'ers hearts.  If you live in Lee County, your opportunity is Sept. 19th and in Collier County, Oct. 10th.

Billy Hattaway
 Billy Hattaway, FDOT District 1 Secretary, will be making a presentation at both the Lee and Collier County MPO Board meetings to update officials on the statewide bike/ped safety initiative, the new FDOT complete streets policy, and the use of modern roundabouts.  This is an opportunity for BikeWalkLee advocates and citizens to hear from one of the most important champions of bike/ped safety, complete streets, and the new transportation paradigm in our universe.

What:  Lee MPO Board Meeting
When: Friday, Sept. 19th, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Cape Coral Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral
Agenda Pkg will be posted on Sept. 11th.

What: Collier MPO Board Meeting
When: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Collier County Board of County Commission Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples
Agenda Pkg will be posted on Oct. 3rd.

Billy Hattaway is the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 Secretary and leading the department’s statewide initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and the implementation of the Department’s new Complete Streets Policy.  Since 2011, he has been working with Lee County, which was one of the top 10 most dangerous areas in Florida (Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, Orange, Volusia, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, Lee and Polk), targeted in the "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" bike/ped safety initiative.  Besides being a professional traffic engineer, Billy is a certified planner who has worked in both the public (FDOT twice) and private sector. Prior to returning to FDOT, he worked for a transportation consulting firm well known for its bike/ped/transit work. 

Complete Streets in Florida Webinar
Mark your calendars and register now for an important Nov. 12th webinar, sponsored by 1000 Friends of Florida, on "Planning for Complete Streets in Florida".  Billy Hattaway is the featured panelist, along with BikeWalkLee's Darla Letourneau, AARP and a Broward County city that has implemented the state's first complete streets design manual.

REGISTER NOW!  November 12, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Planning for Complete Streets in Florida
NEW!  This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM (#e.27940) for Planners and 1 CEC for Certified Floodplain Managers.  1000 Friends has applied for CLE (Florida attorneys) and CEHP (Certified Environmental Health Planners) but cannot guarantee credits will be approved.
Billy Hattaway, FDOT’s District One Secretary who is leading the department’s statewide initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and the implementation of the Department’s new Complete Streets Policy, will discuss how a context based “complete street” design approach will provide for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation users of all ages and abilities and enhance accessibility, safety and public health. The first community in Florida to adopt Complete Streets guidelines is the City of Deerfield Beach, and Director of Planning and Development Services Amanda Martinez will review the process they have used to adopt and implement those guidelines. BikeWalkLee’s Darla Letourneau, a founder and steering committee member of that coalition, will focus on the role of citizen advocacy in promoting complete street policy.  AARP Florida’s Laura Cantwell will discuss that organizations’ perspectives on complete streets.  The cost for this webinar is $10. 

 Below are previous BikeWalkLee blog stories on previous presentations by Billy Hattaway and BikeWalkLee's statements on FDOT initiatives:

1/6/14:  BWL letter to FDOT Secretary Prasad in support of bikewide bike/ped safety campaign 

12/15/13:  FDOT Work Plan investments in bike/ped, complete streets, and transit highlighted at Joint Charlotte/Lee MPO Board Meeting

2/27/13: FBA Annual Awards recognize two of our champions (including Billy Hattaway)

1/20/13: Lee MPO hears from FDOT District 1 Secretary, Billy Hattaway, on State's bike-ped focused safety initiative

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