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Twinsburg looking for context-sensitive designer

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Twinsburg, Ohio wants the design of its crossroads for its main thoroughfares, State Routes 82 and 91 to become a walkable town center. In order to do so, the suburb recognizes it needs to tap a design manual for the roads that promotes pedestrian and bike activity, mixed use development and traffic-calmed streets.

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The town hired The Congress for the New Urbanism who is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to train local officials and practitioners on the Designing Walkable Thoroughfares manual.

CNU will lead a workshop in Twinsburg on the manual which they describe as "a how-to document that illustrates best practices for the creation and implementation of walkable, mixed-use streets. The workshop will feature CNU CEO & President John Norquist and one of the leaders of CNU’s Project for Transportation Reform - Marcy McInelly. The training will last 1.5 days beginning midday on April 25 and lasting a full day on April 26, 2013.

The City of Twinsburg and CNU are seeking engineering and urban design applicants with strong community planning skills who can train community leaders, policy leaders, traffic engineers, property owners, planners, consultants, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the State DOT on the benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions. The Community of Twinsburg is seeking to change the surrounding context of State Route 82 and 91.

The instructor should be familiar with the CNU/ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual.

Please see the RFP for the detailed qualifications and statement of work.

All proposals are due by 5pm central time on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

This technical assistance is part of the Livability Solutions coalition. Livability Solutions is a coalition of professionals that works to promote and realize better livability, sustainability, placemaking, and smart growth. led by one or more of Livability Solutions’ experienced coalition members, focused on one or more unique suite of livability tools. For more information visit the Livability Solutions or the EPA Building Blocks websites."

CNU and its chapters have conducted trainings on the manual in Atlanta, Elgin, Boulder, Blue Springs, and most recently for the State of Illinois and look forward to educating more communities about the benefits and principles of walkable urban design.

This project is funded by US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program via a grant to the Project for Public Spaces (PPS)."

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