Land-use webinar to focus on ‘active transportation’

January 03, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Communities planning for places that provide accessibility and connectivity for people — also known as active transportation — will be the focus of a web-based seminar offered at noon Jan. 15 by Penn State Extension.

If you are interested in making your community a safer place to bike and walk but are overwhelmed or unsure where to start, this session is for you, according to Leann Chaney, transportation planner, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, who will present the 75-minute webinar.

Pointing to her organization’s efforts, she noted that the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is planning for active transportation and providing technical guidance to local governments seeking to plan for and build active transportation networks that provide accessibility and connectivity for people and places.

“This webinar will provide an overview of Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s recently adopted active transportation plan and companion web-based toolkit known as the Active Transportation Resource Center,” she said. “The center is a clearinghouse for the latest information on active transportation. Resources include information on programs that support biking and walking, potential funding opportunities, design guidelines, and more.”

“Planning for Active Transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania” is the first webinar in the Penn State Extension Winter/Spring 2020 Land-Use Webinar Series that runs through May. The series informs municipal elected and appointed officials, planners, landowners, farmers, and community organizations about land-use issues and decisions in their communities.

Other topics and dates in the webinar series include the following:

-- Feb. 19: “Affordable Housing Opportunities in Communities”

-- March 18: “Brownfield Remediation to Rebuild Communities”

-- April 15: “Creating Vibrant Communities”

-- May 20: “Improving Retail Activities in Rural Communities by Collaborating with the Department of Transportation”

All programs will be recorded and available for future viewing.

The cost of the webinar series is $50 for all five sessions, or $95 for all five sessions for those who want to receive AICP certification-maintenance credits from the American Planning Association. The cost is also $95 for all five sessions for professional engineers needing PDH credits.

In addition, registered landscape architects can receive continuing-education credits for a fee of $65.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit the website.

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Last Updated January 03, 2020