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About Walt Ray

Walt Ray is a landscape architect and planner who recognizes the value of public dialog and consensus building in developing the public realm. Walt works with the Trust for Public Land to activate and preserve the Chattahoochee River and its valley through planning, capital projects, programming, and marketing.

Introducing Dr. Anne Lusk: 2019 Georgia Trail Summit Keynote Speaker

Anne Lusk head shot 1 _L1A4195Dr. Anne Lusk is on a two-wheeled mission: to increase and improve infrastructure to entice more people to bike. A research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lusk has more than 36 years of experience researching, designing, permitting and funding bicycle facilities.

Dr. Lusk holds a Ph.D. in architecture with an emphasis on environment and behavior and urban planning. She partners with individuals in public health and related fields to explore the associations between bicycle environments and policy, behavior, costs and health. Dr. Lusk is currently focusing on improving the safety of bicycling on the Longwood Medical Area in Boston and designing senior housing/assisted living/Alzheimer’s developments to incorporate a wide variety of bikes for all the residents, staff and visitors. She has been working with lower income ethnic minority residents in the Boston area to learn what bicycle facilities they most prefer. She also studied cycle tracks, sidewalks, and trees to determine the ideal location for trees to reach full maturity and shade bicyclists and pedestrians while cooling the city.

At the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit, she will discuss how to get non-traditional trail users outside, because better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure entices more people to use it—which improves health and quality of life outcomes.

To promote her on social:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/08/insights-on-bike-sharing-from-harvard-researcher/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283271735_Bicycling_health_and_weather-related_disasters_Potential_data_to_better_predict_risk

Introducing Chuck Flink: 2019 Georgia Trail Summit Keynote Speaker

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Nation’s Leading Greenway Development Planner to Keynote at 2019 Green Trail Summit: How will Chuck Flink’s expert perspective inspire your thinking on the future of Georgia’s trails?

Charles A. “Chuck” Flink literally wrote the book on greenway development; he co-authored “Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development,” which received a 1994 Merit Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects and is cited by the American Planning Association as “the best single reference” on greenway development.”

The Georgia Trail Summit Committee is excited to welcome Flink to our gathering in May. Widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners, Flink is President of Greenways Incorporated, an international consulting firm based in North Carolina. His successes include plans for more than 250 communities including:

  • Susquehanna River Greenway,
  • Miami River Greenway (FL),
  • Charleston County (SC) Greenbelt Plan,
  • American Tobacco Trail (NC),
  • River of Grass Greenway (FL),
  • Las Vegas Open Space and Trails Plan, and the
  • North Carolina Bike/Walk Transportation Plan.

In 1995, Flink received an Environmental Excellence Award from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration for the Swift Creek Recycled Greenway, the nation’s first greenway built from recycled trash. In 2001, he received a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for his work on the Grand Canyon Greenway project.

Flink holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where he currently serves as Executive in Residence. He served as Chairman of the Board for American Trails, Washington, D.C. and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a 3,000-mile urban trail that extends from Calis, Maine to Key West, Florida. Additionally, Flink is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Design at North Carolina State University and co-author of “Trails for the Twenty-First Century.”

Flink will bring broad and diverse perspective to our dialogue and surely inspire us to define a collaborative and bold plan for the future of Georgia’s trails.

Call for Proposals Open

The Summit aims to inspire future projects and celebrate success connecting the public to trails and waterways around Georgia. With this goal in mind, our 2019 theme is From Ideas to Action. Proposals should focus on compelling ideas and the implementation or tactical action that followed them up.

We particularly encourage proposals that inform the following tracks:

  • Planning
  • Building Partnerships
  • Implementation

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018

Check out the Call for Proposals page for more information, proposal guidelines, and submission forms.