Dr. Jude Benavides,
Dr. Rose Gowan,
Thursday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m.
The City of Brownsville has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community for 2015-2019. As one of seven cities designated in the state of Texas, this session will dive into what an economically disadvantaged community did to achieve this status. Using Brownsville as a model, this presentation will outline how cities can meet the five (5) E’s – engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning. We will discuss local government policy changes, how funding and partnerships were identified, and review how the city of Brownsville recognized and supported grassroots efforts to enhance the bicycling environment. This session will discuss local government policy changes to create a bicycle friendly environment, identify funding and partnerships to move projects and initiatives forward and recognize and support grass roots efforts that promote the cycling community.
Associate Professor at UT RioGrande Valley
Dr. Benavides has more than fifteen years of experience in the environmental engineering consulting field. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University. His project experience include both surface and groundwater hydrologic modeling, flood damage reduction modeling, flood mitigation system design, groundwater site investigation and remediation, long-term water management strategy design and implementation, and the development of conjunctive surface/subsurface water use strategies for watersheds around the U.S. Gulf Coast states. He has also been involved with system-level environmental monitoring of the nation’s largest wetland restoration project, the Bahia Grande Wetland Restoration in South Texas and is currently involved with the Resaca (wetland) Restoration effort in Brownsville, Texas.
City of Brownsville
began her career in local government in July 2012 as an Intern with the City of Brownsville, where she worked with various departments; Office of Grant Management & Community Development, Planning Department, and Parks & Recreation Department. After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Texas in Brownsville, she was hired as a Planner and worked on the Bicycle and Trail Master Plan and its implementation. Most recently, she has assisted in the development of the Mitte Cultural District Master Plan and is now working on the Lower Rio Grande Valley Active Transportation and Active Tourism Plan. In her spare time, Eva is the volunteer manager of the Brownsville Bike Barn, the only earn-a-bike program in the Rio Grande Valley.
City of Brownsville
Dr. Gowen was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and in 2009 was elected to the Brownsville City Commission. While serving as a City Commissioner, she has worked tirelessly to communicate the economic, educational, and environmental threat that epidemic levels of illness such as diabetes creates in her home town. As a Commissioner, Dr. Gowen is a founding partner in the Build a Better Block initiatives and the open streets program known as CycloBia. She has led efforts to develop protected lanes and trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a community garden program in the city