Clark Martinson, AICP, LCI #1421
Wednesday, March 10, 3:00 pm.
The Energy Corridor on the west side of Houston is located along IH 10 between two 26,000 acre detention reservoirs controlled by the US Army Corps of Engineers. For thirteen years the Energy Corridor Management District has been planning, designing and implementing projects to transform the conventional suburban business district into a more traditional urban place with pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure connecting homes, parks and workplaces. The area has experienced tremendous growth that is challenging the investment in walking, cycling and transit use. See how 3 firms (Sasaki, Toole and OJB) accepted the challenge and prepared a master plan for the next decade to make changes that reward the short trip and/or transit and encouraging more walking and bicycling.
This session will include a review the National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Planning for the West Houston Trails Master Plan, a discussion of how federal, TxDOT, County and City policies are changing in support of bicycling and active transportation and ways to convince private business and public agency decision makers to invest in transportation for people rather than cars.
The Energy Corridor District
Clark Martinson, General Manager of the Energy Corridor District, has been making neighborhoods and business districts come to life for over 30 years. Clark is adept at bringing together stakeholders and public agencies to make quality places. An avid cyclist who often rides a vintage steel bike to work, Clark’s transportation plans enhance and support parkway, highway and transit facilities, as well as pedestrian and bicycle improvements. He is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners and the Urban Land Institute and is also a lifetime member of the League of American Bicyclists and a Certified Cycling Instructor. Clark is a founding member of Chain Reaction Ministry where over 1,000 bikes have been repaired and given to others who need a bike for transportation purposes. Clark is currently storing 300 bikes that need to be repurposed and dreams of one day opening a bike cafe, shop and hostel in Waller, Texas – as inspired by Bike Texas and the Texas Trails Network.
Mr. Martinson’s professional awards include:
- Houston AIA,
- President’s Citation for Sesquicentennial Park Competition . Jesse L. Wallis Environmental Award for the Preservation of Waterways
- IDA Citation for Buffalo Bayou Waterfront Planning Process
- Keep Houston Beautiful awards for Splash for Trash, Proud Street, Sesquicentennial Park, and Great Summit Clean Up
- APA Honor Award,
- Keep Houston Beautiful Rose Award,
- SEGD Award
- ASLA Honor Award for the Uptown Houston Streetscape Program
- Texas Trails Network “two step” award for community involvement in trail building.
- H-GAC Volunteer of the year for Transportation Demand Management
- H-GAC Clean Air Champion Award
- H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Planning Excellence Award for The Energy Corridor District Bicycle Master Plan