On October 9, 2014, Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) co-sponsored Travel Behavior Change and New Social Justice Issues netconference.  This event discussed how community-based marketing and outreach initiatives can be effectively used to grow support for behavior change in favor of active transportation choices in diverse communities. Unfortunately, not everyone participates equally in the positive outcomes of these efforts and the damage done is not easily erased. Two speakers helped to shed light on these social justice issues and approaches used in their communities.  Dan Kaempff, Principal Transportation Planner at Metro, discussed how Portland led the way for many in developing an active transportation focused region and found the need to correct unintended social injustice, gentrification, and outright neglect that occurred in the process.  Emma Pachuta, program manager of St. Paul Smart Trips Neighborhoods, explained on how they overcame language barriers, infrastructure inadequacies, community safety concerns and income inequalities in fostering increased walking, biking, and transit use.

Event presenters:

Daniel Kaempff has served as Principal Transportation Planner for Metro in Portland, Oregon since 2006 where he is the program manager for the Regional Flexible Funds Allocation process and Regional Travel Options, the coordinated regional TDM program. Previously, he served as the project manager – State Transportation Options Plan effort for Oregon DOT where he developed project goals, purpose, and scope. As ODOT’s Transportation Options Program Manager, Dan managed the state’s TDM program and was responsible for managing grants to local programs and providing technical assistance to ODOT regions and local partners. He has also served as a TMA Program Manager with Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and Division Manager for Laidlaw Transit. He is a Board Member of Oregon Walks and Board Member/Past President of the Transportation Options Group of Oregon. Dan served as President of the Cascades Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation. He earned his B.A., Communications from Walla Walla University. pdf copy of Daniel Kaempff’s presentation

Emma R. Pachuta joined the St. Paul Smart Trips team in August 2011 to develop, manage, and evaluate the Frogtown Neighborhoods Program, which aims to engage Frogtown residents around walking and biking in their community. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she moved to Minneapolis in 2002 to pursue degrees in Music and Architecture. After studying urban design in Copenhagen, Denmark, she returned with a love of all things transportation-related, and went on to receive a masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. pdf copy of Emma Pachuta ‘s presentation

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