Farmington Valley Trails Council

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Trails Council 2015 Annual Meeting



THURSDAY, NOV. 5th, 6:30PM

The not-for-profit Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC) will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5th, at 6:30 pm. It will be held at the Avon Senior Center at 635 West Avon Road, (the Sycamore Recreation Area) Avon, CT 06001. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The program will consist of FVTC President Bruce Donald giving the year-end business report and updates on trail construction and other initiatives. In addition, Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association President Lisa Fernandez will provide a similar update on the trail south into New Haven. Ms. Fernandez and Mr. Donald and their Officers and Directors will take any questions from the public.

Following the business portion of the program we are very excited to present a talk by Mary Hudson Embry, an international sustainable mobility consultant with Mobycon, based in Durham, NC, a division of Mobycon in the Netherlands, a major world-wide consultant on integrated mobility. She will be joined by David Head, Senior Transportation Engineer at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB). David previously worked at CTDOT since 1992, eventually overseeing the Intermodal Planning Office at the Bureau of Policy and Planning.

We are excited to introduce these speakers to our membership as they are conversant with the type of new to Connecticut bicycle facilities we might see on the prospective Farmington Canal Heritage Trail alignment for the Town of Plainville – a critically important project as it is the last un-designed gap in the whole “spine trail” corridor bisecting the state.

Mary Hudson Embry is experienced in managing large-scale planning studies, teaching best practices in active transportation, and designing communications campaigns. Mary studied environmental infrastructure and urban planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Copenhagen. Following her studies in Copenhagen, Mary became the Director of Planning at Copenhagenize Design Co. where she helped develop the curriculum for the Kickstand Sessions, a bicycle policy and planning master class. Mary was also part of the training team, teaching Kickstand in cities across Canada.

Mary led a study on the reasons for falling cycling levels in Norway. Her recommendations for increasing bicycle modal share were presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Transport, resulting in a new bicycle strategy for Oslo. She recently conducted a design review project in Davis, CA that resulted in one of the first protected intersections in the US. Now, Mary is helping to translate Danish and Dutch planning principles to benefit North American cities and make streets friendly to all users, using her unique international perspective.

David Head is a Senior Transportation Specialist with VHB whose work centers on project management with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects. He has an extensive background in transportation with over two decades of planning and design experience. Some of his experience includes being the State of CT Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator, managing the office of intermodal planning and overseeing up to forty planning studies of varying complexities.

He played a critical role while at CTDOT on the Burnside Avenue Road Diet in East Hartford, worked diligently to get the Bolton Notch Gap section into design and shortly construction and used his vision to push CTDOT to embrace bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. He has joined VHB and is currently managing projects for DOT to close the Gaps in Connecticut’s trail system. His group at VHB is overseeing the Southington and Farmington Gap Section as well as numerous other trail sections throughout the state.

Dave is an avid cyclist, runner and tri-athlete and you stand a good chance to see him with his family out on the weekends riding around Connecticut.


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