Ryan Snyder Shares Award Winning New Testament of City Design Manuals for Creating Healthy & Economically Vibrant Cities at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 Conference 9/10-13 in Long Beach California

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Ryan Snyder Shares U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration “2012 Exemplary Human Environment Initiative” Award Winning "Model Design Manual for Living Streets" at the 9/10-13 Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 Conference in Long Beach California.

“Ryan Snyder has emerged as an influential leader of the new urbanist conversation in America.” Says Charlie Gandy, Host Chair of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place Conference. ”Think of him as the up and coming Dr. Oz of progressive City Planners.”

Cities across North America searching for the brightest most practicable ideas in bringing healthier, more equitable, and more vibrant economic solutions to their communities will be attending the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. 90802 this September 10-13, 2012. An expert they’ll specifically be turning to for ideas and answers is Ryan Snyder, principal of Ryan Snyder Associates. One of the most well-respected and progressive city planners in the U.S., Snyder will be both a keynote plenary speaker at the opening session of the conference on Tuesday morning Sept. 11th and as well as giving two panel presentations of the new Model Design Manual for Living Streets on Tuesday September 11 at 10:15 am and at 1:45 pm.

On September 5, 2012 the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration recognized the Model Design Manual for Living Streets as one of its thirteen “2012 Exemplary Human Environment Initiative” award winners in the category of “Encouraging Non-motorized Transportation” through the development of a comprehensive street design manual, including extensive guidance for active transportation and environmentally sustainable design practices.

“Ryan Snyder has emerged as an influential leader of the new urbanist conversation in America.” Says Charlie Gandy, President of Livable Communities Inc. and Host Chair of the conference (Gandy also served as a member of the team that helped write the manual). "Think of him as the up and coming Dr. Oz of progressive City Planners.”

Already downloaded nearly 7,000 times since being published last fall, the new manual embodies a progressive shift in the art of planning and designing cities. Snyder was chosen as the Project Coordinator to recruit a team of top U.S. professionals in city planning, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and public health as well as advocates and professionals in biking, walking and transit to work together to create the most up to date street design manual. Funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Health and UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, the manual is available to download for free at http://www.modelstreetdesignmanual.com/ as an invaluable resource for municipalities, designers, engineers, architects and planners looking for state-of-the-art information.

“Street design manuals are a big part of the DNA of communities.” Says Snyder, “This manual goes the next step beyond the concept of ‘Complete Streets’ to create what I call ‘Living Streets,’ communities where everyone from the very young to the very old feel comfortable and safe and connected as important members of the community.”

For municipalities in need more in-depth training on the ways and means of the manual Snyder offers a variety of seminars that prepare them to use the manual. He has just finished trainings with the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, which is the in process of customizing the manual for their adoption. To request further information please contact him at ryan@rsa.cc or call (310) 475-3895.

Three Fast Facts about Creating More Economically Vibrant Cities:

  • City streets with speeds over 35 miles an hour cater to pass through traffic and don’t provide much opportunity for people to “discover” new places to shop and dine.
  • Shoppers and outdoor dining patrons are most comfortable on city streets with slow speeds.
  • Bicyclists are valuable customers. The more city shopping districts encourage local residents to bike to shop with encouragement programs (such as Long Beach’s pioneering “Bicycle Friendly Business District” program) and ample and conveniently placed bicycle parking, the more locals will free up parking spots for those driving in from longer distances.

About Ryan Snyder
The President, Ryan Snyder, has managed the production of transportation plans for over twenty-five years. Additionally, he has been involved in lawmaking at the state level and ordinance drafting at the local level. Snyder teaches the national Pedestrian Safety Design course for the Federal Highway Administration. Snyder teaches a class on Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning to graduate students in the UCLA Urban Planning Department. He is a Nationally Certified Safe Routes to School Instructor and a Complete Streets Instructor. Mr. Snyder teaches sustainable transportation planning as a module in the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. Snyder served as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners.

Snyder is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Planning Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Planners. Find out more at http://www.rsa.cc

About the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference
For over thirty years the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, organized and hosted by the National Center for Biking & Walking, has created the most leading edge, “hands on,” professional development conference for those interested in more and better walking and bicycling in our communities. This year attendees will be able to choose from 100+ panel presentations, poster sessions, peer problem-solving sessions, and mobile workshops, which will explore the living laboratory of Long Beach. Placemaking is the conference theme of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012. Learn more details and register today at http://www.prowalkprobike.org.


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