May 31, 2018

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that five staff members in the firm’s Transportation and Land Planning markets will share expertise and insights at the Tennessee Bike/Walk Summit on Friday, June 1 in Nashville. Senior Transportation Planner John Houghton, AICP, Active Transportation Service Line Leader Mike Sewell, P.E., Transportation Planner Erin Thoresen, AICP, and Senior Transportation Engineer Bert Kuyrkendall, P.E., will discuss planning multi-modal transportation networks on local, regional and statewide levels. Additionally, Sewell and Landscape Architect Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, will showcase GS&P’s design for Town Branch Greenway, highlighting how the multi-modal park system is set to transform Lexington, Ky.’s urban core.

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that five staff members in the firm’s Transportation and Land Planning markets will share expertise and insights at the Tennessee Bike/Walk Summit on Friday, June 1 in Nashville. Senior Transportation Planner John Houghton, AICP, Active Transportation Service Line Leader Mike Sewell, P.E., Transportation Planner Erin Thoresen, AICP, and Senior Transportation Engineer Bert Kuyrkendall, P.E., will discuss planning multi-modal transportation networks on local, regional and statewide levels. Additionally, Sewell and Landscape Architect Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, will showcase GS&P’s design for Town Branch Greenway, highlighting how the multi-modal park system is set to transform Lexington, Ky.’s urban core.

“GS&P is honored to be a part of this year’s Tennessee Bike/Walk Summit and we look forward to leading two panel discussions,” commented Sewell. “The event will be a great opportunity to share best practices and drive discussions related to creating safe, multi-modal streets that lead to sustainable, livable communities.”

Summaries of the presentations follow.

Is This to Scale? Planning Walking and Biking Facilities on Local, Regional and Statewide Levels
Presentation by John Houghton, AICP, Mike Sewell, P.E., Erin Thoresen, AICP, and Bert Kuyrkendall, P.E.

Planning bicycle and pedestrian networks isn’t one size fits all. From small town plans to statewide networks, this presentation will explore the key aspects of context sensitive planning, including identifying the key users and anticipating market acceptance, defining useful trips, working within the political and fiscal realities of the jurisdiction and recommending implementation methods. Panelists will discuss best practices and strategies through case studies on successful bicycle and pedestrian plans implemented in the cities of Wartburg, Tenn., Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Jackson County, Miss., and Cobb County, Ga., as well as the state of Alabama.

Designing Like We Live: Bringing Town Branch Greenway to Life
Presentation by Mike Sewell, P.E., and Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA

Greenways are an essential component of a vibrant, thriving community. Balanced transportation corridors that provide options for mobility improve health and well-being, fuel economic vitality and create a more vibrant and viable environment. In 2015, Gresham, Smith and Partners reached out to SCAPE Landscape Architecture to see how the firm could help bring the vision for Town Branch Greenway, 3.2-mile multimodal trail, greenway and park system in downtown Lexington, Ky., to life.