Brighid O’Keane and Darren Flusche
Friday, March 28, 3:30-4:45pm
This interactive session will provide an overview of the federal transportation bill, MAP-21, so participants understand the bill, its programs, and opportunities for active transportation investments. It will address why some communities use the full range of federal transportation dollars to fund pedestrian programs and projects instead of relying on a limited number of dedicated sources by: 1. Describing the requirements and opportunities of funding programs underutilized for bicycle and pedestrian projects – including trails; 2. Showcasing best practices of advocates working with public agencies to institutionalize funding priorities for walking and biking; and 3. Identify advocacy campaigns and agency priorities of session participants. This session will also discuss health, transit, state and local sources of funding for active transportation projects.
- Identify funding programs available for bicycle and pedestrian projects, including trails
- Explore strategies for agency staff and advocates to work together to maximize federal transportation dollars
- Build the capacity of advocates to carry out funding campaigns in their state, region or city
Participants will share what their state and region’s plans are for implementing MAP-21 and prioritize strategies for maximizing funding for biking and walking. There will be a group discussion and case studies. Participants will be provided with a suite of tools and resources that can be used in collaboration with other partners in their home base.
Advocacy & Programs Director,
Alliance for Biking & Walking; Advocacy Advance
Brighid O’Keane is the Advocacy and Programs Director for the Alliance for Biking & Walking and Advocacy Advance partnership. An environmental policy graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Brighid has worked in Colorado, California, Alaska, and Thailand on community organizing, organizational development and facilitation.
Member of: APBP, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Steering Committee.
Hobbies include: Biking, walking, camping
League of American Bicyclists; Advocacy Advance
Darren Flusche is the Policy Director for the League of American Bicyclists and Advocacy Advance partnership. Before joining the League in April 2009, he worked for six years in New York City on a number of urban policy areas including transportation, education, philanthropy and the arts.
Darren has earned a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from New York University.
Received APBP’s Nonprofit Professional of the Year in 2012