Moving Ohio Forward 2023
Join us on April 6
(Planning is ongoing; Schedule subject to changes and additions)
9:30 AM
Amtrak Expansion and 3C+D Rail
The Federal Infrastructure Bill has injected $66 million into the nation's intercity rail system and Ohio stands to gain significantly. A proposal to link Ohio's major cities -- Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland -- is being formally explored. In addition, Ohio cities could see increased service to major regional metros and the coasts. This panel will explore the economic and social promise of rail service.

MODERATOR: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

William Murdock, Executive Director Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Michael Deemer, President and CEO Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Stu Nicholson, Executive Director All Aboard Ohio
Arun Rao, Director of Network Development, Amtrak

(Above: Cleveland's Midway Cycletrack, artist's rendering)

11 AM
Mini-presentations: Ohio's Most Exciting Sustainable Transportation Projects

-Cleveland's Midway Cycletrack
Presenter: Barb Clint, Bike Cleveland
-Youngstown's Highway Teardown: Madison Avenue Community Reconnection
Presenter: Justin Mondok, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
-Cincinnati's Pedestrian Safety Team
Presenter: Declan Tom, Policy and Communications Manager to City Councilman Mark Jeffreys
-YoGo Bike-Share
Presenter: Ronnell Elkins, President YoGo Bike-Share
-Glass City Riverwalk
Presenter: Jennifer Van Horn, Metroparks Toledo

1:30 PM
The Ohio Department of Transportation's Active Transport Evolution
The Ohio Department of Transportation hasn't been known for being a champion of biking, walking and transit. But that's changing. The agency's new Multimodal Design Guide represents a major leap forward. In this panel, two change makers explain how much the agency has evolved, what brought it about, and how locals can take advantage.

Julie Walcoff, Toole Design Group (Former ODOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator)
Caitlin Harley, ODOT Active Transportation Manager

Funding Workshop: From Idea to Funded
So you've got a great idea? Let us walk you through the steps you can take to make it a reality. New sources of funding are becoming available. Our panelists will help demystify the process.

Allison Lukacsy-Love, AIA, AICP, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Sara Byrnes Maier, Principal Planner Cleveland Metroparks
Brian Housh, Rails to Trails Midwest Policy Director

5:30 PM
Traffic Calming with Tactical Urbanism
This session will highlight creative quick build solutions and other efforts responding to growing concerns about speeding and reckless driving.

MODERATOR: Calley Mersmann, City of Cleveland Senior Strategist, Transit and Mobility

Cincinnati Radar Box Speed Monitoring
Matt Butler, Devou Good Foundation

Cleveland People's Streets -- Payne Avenue
Karis Tzeng, Midtown Cleveland

Columbus' Sullivant Avenue Streetscape
Presenter: Maria Cantrell, P.E., Columbus Vision Zero Coordinator
Thank you to our sponsors!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, email [email protected].
Date & Time
April 6, 2023, 9:30 AM - 7 PM

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In person watch events (for those who want to meet up in person):

Yellow Springs, Ohio:
Rails to Trails Office
506 S. High Street, Suite 8, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Email: [email protected] to register

Cleveland, Ohio:
Bike Cleveland Offices
3000 Bridge Ave Suite 1, Cleveland, OH 44113

AICP Credits offered for attendance. More here.

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