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Wednesday, July 22 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan for the Roanoke Valley

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The Roanoke Valley's first Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan provides an innovative framework for developing land, redefining existing activity centers, and building infrastructure to promote walking for everyday trips throughout the MPO area. Planners used new guidance from DRPT’s Multimodal System Design Guidelines (2013) which encourages developing a multimodal systems plan based on thoughtful modal plans considering the density of residents and employees. Concurrently, regional multimodal centers and districts were defined where walking is or could be a viable way to accomplish daily trips.

Through stakeholder involvement, pedestrian infrastructure needs were identified; those located within multimodal centers received the highest regional priority due to their location in places of dense activity. The Plan evaluates local government subdivision and zoning codes for references to pedestrians and related infrastructure and provides photographic examples of noteworthy land development and infrastructure solutions. Despite the presence of sidewalks or pedestrian amenities, the Plan affirms that the way in which land is developed plays the biggest role in the attractiveness of an area for walking. Having already spurred new performance measures, grant requests, and further corridor studies, the Plan’s use of multimodal development concepts is a great reference for the Roanoke Valley and other communities.  

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Finch, AICP, LEED AP

Cristina Finch, AICP, LEED AP

Manager of Transit Planning and Programming, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Cristina Finch is the Manager of Transit Planning and Programming at RVARC. She has 16 years experience in multimodal transportation planning and engineering. Ms. Finch has worked on notable projects including the City of Roanoke’s Street Design Guidelines and Complete Streets Policy as well as the Roanoke Valley’s first Pedestrian Vision Plan. She is currently leading the process to develop the Roanoke Valley’s first Transit... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Hill

Bryan Hill

Transportation Planner, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Bryan Hill has been a Transportation Planner with RVARC since 2012. His work includes transportation and community development projects. He is a graduate of VCU and has 12 years in planning.
avatar for Eddie Wells, AICP, CZA

Eddie Wells, AICP, CZA

Director of Community Development Programs, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
I am Director of community Development Programs at RVARC where I have worked since 1998. I am involved with community development and project management. I have been an AICP member since 1998 and am a graduate of Virginia Tech.



Wednesday July 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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