In a highly concentrated
two-day period, Michael can come to your town and review several areas
causing problems for pedestrians (and/or cyclists). He can assess the
problems and make suggestions for
improvements. These suggestions will be concrete, based on sound engineering
practices and observable human behavior.
Michael will take photos
of the problem areas, and with help from his son Marcel produce photo
possible solutions. With help from Michael Moule, PE, further details
can be achieved, in the form of engineering
drawings that are sufficiently detailed to be submitted as proposals for
Michael can then take the
results and package them into a convincing PowerPoint presentation, that
shown to the public, local public works staff and elected officials. The
result is then buy-in to solutions
to concerns that have been expressed by the public.
The best sequence for this
event is to have Michael arrive into your town Saturday evening, tour
areas Sunday morning/early afternoon. Michael will work up possible solutions
Sunday evening. Monday is spent
with public works staff reviewing the proposals, to get their buy-in.
Monday evening is spent with the pubic
and elected officials, in informal town hall settings, to review the proposed
solutions. Modifications can be
made based recommendations received from the public and staff.
You will be left with images
and sketches than can be advanced to the next level.
Are you planning a conference,
seminar or workshop on transportation, land use or public health? Do you
a dynamic speaker who will galvanize the audience? Who will challenge
them to rethink their conventional
notions of how cities and streets are supposed to look and function?
Michael Ronkin can offer
a 25-35 minute talk and presentation, full of lively images, that will
show how your
city, state or region, your streets, your highways can be remade to suit
the needs of people, children,
residents, businesses, rather than be boring concrete deserts devoted
to auto-mobility. He can address
issues as diverse as safety, aesthetics and health, forgotten elements
of highway design in America.