When it comes to fostering and embracing Active Transportation, Texas has come a long way. In many ways, we’ve learned from other cities, states and even countries, and what they have done and how they got there. From the days where trails were frequently vilified as conduits for crime, where bicycle infrastructure was a “route” on a map, where sidewalks were an afterthought because, well, we had to, Texas is now poised to lead the charge when it comes to active transportation and active living. But are we there yet? Apart from our statewide champions, are Texans truly embracing the true integration of walking and bicycling as a better way to think of transportation?
This session explores where we’ve been over the past 30 years, and provides a snapshot of everything that is happening today across our very large state. From north to the very south, from El Paso out west to the forests of east Texas, we’ll showcase the tireless efforts of champions out there, the behind the scenes work of countless communities, the progress that is being made every day. This comprehensive look will help open our eyes to what is being done, but also highlight the challenges and distant path that we still have before us.
Jim Carrillo is a Vice President for Halff Associates Inc. Jim is a registered Landscape Architect and a certified planner. From his base in Austin, Texas and over a 30 plus year career, he has been involved in many major city and regional planning efforts that promote park and trail planning and design, sustainable growth, placemaking and active transportation across the Southern United States. His work has been widely recognized for design and planning excellence from a range of national, state and local entities. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2012.