Lessons Learned at the 2017 Orange County Active Transportation Forum

Held on September 22, the 2017 Orange County Active Transportation Forum was a great success! Now in its sixth year running, the theme of this year’s forum was The Intersection of Housing and Transit—highlighting the importance of cross-sector collaboration to support growth of active transportation and sustainable, healthy, and equitable communities across Orange County.

The day started off with a keynote address given by Charles “Chuck” Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns. His presentation examined different approaches to thinking critically about development and financial resilience in how we plan our cities. He concluded by highlighting differences between the values of engineers and the public in how they prioritize what is important in street design (see image below). The big takeaway being that it is crucial that public stakeholders ensure their voices are heard in how we plan for safer and more active transportation solutions in Orange County. Check out more coverage and a recap of Chuck’s time spent in Santa Ana here and here.

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Four group panel sessions throughout the day opened up conversations about a range of topics, including: The Intersection of Transit and Housing Affordability, The Digital Revolution, A Tale of Three Cities in Central Orange County, Advocacy, Education, & Political Leadership in Orange County. The innovative moderators and panelists provided great insight into planning and policy issues around active transportation and sustainable community planning in Orange County and how to collaborate to address them moving forward.

There were also opportunities to learn about and explore resources and efforts up close through the Innovations Showcase and Solutions and Engagement Sessions. The National Partnership presented on its work leading the Orange County Active Transportation Network and developing the Orange County Active Transportation Vision.

A huge thanks to the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County for organizing the forum and to all groups, agencies, and individuals that participated.

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