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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Town of Davidson Kicks Off the Davidson Mobility Plan:Join us for a Walking Tour with Walter Kulash

The Town of Davidson is kicking off the Davidson Mobility Plan, a community-driven effort to look at innovative solutions, projects, and programs to help residents move in town on foot, bike, car, and transit and address congestion. The Davidson Mobility Plan will also serve as a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) that evaluates moving people around town and will provide actionable items such as recommendations, timelines, costs, and funding sources for projects to help the town manage, sustain, and improve the town’s transportation infrastructure. After a bid process, a committee of community leaders, transportation professionals, and town staff selected consultant Alta Planning + Design to help us develop the plan. We encourage the community to participate.

Upcoming community engagement opportunities:

NEW! A Walking Tour with Walter Kulash

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Start and end on the front steps of Davidson Town Hall

Details: Come meet Walter Kulash, a North Carolina native and one of the innovators of the smart and livable transportation movement, including the field of traffic calming (changing motorist behavior through street redesign). He will lead a walking tour of the downtown area, offering his observations on what we have done to enhance mobility in town (use of “sharrows” to encourage sharing the road, bike lanes, flashing beacons, etc.) and point out areas for improvement (increase the number of bus stops, create shelters at our bus stops, etc.) Walter worked with the town in 2003 on the Connectivity Plan and Traffic Calming Plan, and will let us know how we have been doing since then to create and maintain a walkable community. This is a great way for members of our community to ask questions, share observations, and interact with one of the nation’s leading experts in transportation.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Davidson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (233 S. Main Street)

Details: The Community Conversation will kick off the Davidson Mobility Plan. The project team, consisting of town staff and consultants, will convene a public forum to outline the process for the development of the Davidson Mobility Plan, present the results of their assessment of Davidson’s existing transportation conditions, and solicit community input with regard to specific challenges and ideas about what should be investigated in the mobility plan over the next several months.

The evening will be kicked-off by Walter Kulash (leader of the walking tour mentioned above) who will set the stage for an engaging community conversation on how Davidson thinks about transportation and mobility. The session will also include a “hands-on” exercise using maps. Community input will form the basis for developing the issues, opportunities, and challenges to be explored during the development of the mobility plan over the next few months.

We will live stream this meeting at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings and the video will be saved.

4-DAY CHARRETTE: March 5-8

Date: Monday, March 5

Location: Davidson Town Hall

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Drop-in format all day with a summary of the day's work and feedback at 5:30 p.m.)

Date: Tuesday, March 6

Location: Davidson Town Hall

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Drop-in format)

Summary of Feedback: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 7

Location: Davidson Town Hall

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Drop-in format)

Summary of Feedback 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 8

Location: Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) Fellowship Hall (233 S. Main St.)

Final Presentation of all four days’ work in progress: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Details: A charrette is a collaborative session in which a group of designers draft solutions to a problem based on stakeholder and community input. Members of the community interested in transportation are invited to stop by the design studio throughout the week. The design team will work on creating the mobility plan and invites citizens to offer continual input and as well as monitor the work in progress throughout the week. Each session will culminate with a “pin-up” of all work developed throughout the day, and on Thursday, March 8, we’ll host a final presentation of the week’s work.

We will live stream each evening’s summary of daily work at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings

and videos will be saved.

“This will be a forward-thinking plan focusing on multiple modes of transportation (pedestrian, bicycle, automobile, and transit), transportation policies, and how they all work together in Davidson,” said Senior Planner Travis Johnson. “We’re hoping to come up with creative solutions to the congestion we have in town.”

For more information, please visit www.davidsonmobilityplan.com and subscribe to the Davidson Mobility Plan eCrier list at www.townofdavidson.org/eCrier -- simply enter your email address and click on the small grey envelope to the left of “Davidson Mobility Plan.”

For more information, please contact Senior Planner Travis Johnson at tjohnson@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9639.

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