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There are two events coming up that you will want to be a part of if you’re interested in promoting active and public transportation in the region:

Heartland Active Transportation Summit (Sep 28)

This year’s HATS is themed “Great Transit and Trails for Livable Communities,” and will feature a keynote address by renowned transit planner Jarrett Walker. Walker’s blog, Human Transit, and recently published book of the same name, have been hailed as one of the biggest contributions to date to the national conversation on transit. The event also features an impressive lineup of speakers representing some of the most successful transit and trail projects in the nation, in places as diverse as San Antonio, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. Over the course of the day, attendees will learn about strategies for maximizing investments in transit and trail infrastructure, how other communities have overcome challenges to achieve success, and what is happening in the region to plan for the future of transit and trails.

The summit will take place on September 28th at the Swanson Conference Center, in Metropolitan Community College’s beautiful new Institute for the Culinary Arts building. Visit the event website to check out the agenda and to register: http://hats.mapacog.org/. Register by August 31st to take advantage of early bird rates.

Active & Balanced Transportation Community Organizations Meeting (Sep 29)

As a follow-up to HATS, on the following day, Sep. 29, Activate Omaha, Omaha Bikes, Mode Shift Omaha, and several partner organizations are organizing a meeting of community organizations to begin to discuss a shared agenda for active and balanced transportation advocacy. This event will take place from 9am-noon (the draft agenda is here) in the UNO CPACS Collaborating Commons (room 132D) and will primarily be a discussion among community organizations about current and planned activities related to active and balanced transportation. We hope this is a next step in building a coalition around this area. Please plan to attend and represent your community organization. There is no registration fee for this event but please let us know if you can attend here or send an email to info@modeshiftomaha.org.

Director to UNO CPACS:

  • The map of the UNO campus is here: http://www.unomaha.edu/maps/docs/UNO-2010-10.pdf. The CPACS building is in the middle of the Dodge street location marked CPC.
  • Metro bus #2 makes frequent stops on Dodge Street or #11 passes close by on Leavenworth street with a short walk through Elmwood park to campus: http://www.metroareatransit.com/bus-system/system-map#bus-routes
  • Bike racks are on the west side of the CPACS building or bring your bike inside with you through the doors on the North side of the building.
  • If you are driving, you can park anywhere on the weekend.

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