The Broward Metropolitan Transportation Organization (MPO) partnered with Influence Communications to step up its public engagement for the landmark 3rd Annual Safe Streets Summit on Friday, January 29th in Deerfield Beach.
National leaders in transportation policy, planning and engineering joined local elected officials to tackle the challenge of making some of the most dangerous cities in the country safer through Complete Streets policies. Over 200 people were in attendance while others followed online using social media #S32016, making this the largest summit of its kind ever in South Florida.
Broward County is at the center of one of the country’s most dangerous regions for pedestrians and bicyclists and the Broward MPO, under the leadership of Executive Director Greg Stuart, is leading efforts to make our public streets safe for everyone who uses them.
The summit is “a great example of what Metropolitan Planning Organizations all over the United States could do to begin to turn communities from congested into healthy,” remarked Kit Keller, Executive Director of the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).
The Broward MPO’s approach to transportation policy emphasizes public engagement strategy as a means of communicating the importance of all forms of transportation. In partnering with Influence Communications, members of the public who either could not attend the summit were able to submit their questions directly to leadership of the US Department of Transportation, FDOT, and several local agencies and cities.
Charles Marohn, Founder and President of the Strong Towns movement, applauded the public engagement approach of Broward MPO and Influence Communications: “This is what I tell [other] engineers! You’ll never find high return investments in your community sitting behind your desk.”
Check back here for more photos and our interviews from the Safe Streets Summit, coming soon.