How to (Re)create the Walk-to-School Neighborhood

11 June 2016 Written by   Published in Break-Out Sessions

Session Description

Traditionally, schools have been woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, enabling kids to easily and safely walk-to-school. Today, we often fall short of this outcome. What are the best practices being utilized in Utah to achieve the walk-to-school? We'll hear various perspectives from the school district, local planner, and developer. We'll discuss siting, site design, and street and trail connections to schools, as well as the quality and safety of the walking routes. We'll also highlight how the planner, developer and school district can collaborate to (re)create the walk-to-school.


Ted KnowltonTed Knowlton, AICP, Deputy Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Ted's career has focused on helping communities and metropolitan areas coordinate place-making and transportation to improve desired outcomes. Knowlton led the original development of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 vision, and the Salt Lake metropolitan area's shared four-county vision. Before joining WFRC, Ted was the Planning Director at Envision Utah. Knowlton is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Ted is also the Vice President of APAUtah and is a Planning Commissioner in North Salt Lake City.

Kim StruthersKim Struthers, AICP, Planning Director, Lehi City

Kim is the Community Development Director for Lehi City. Kim is grateful to have been a part of Lehi’s dynamic growth for the last 20 years. During that time, he has planned and facilitated the City’s growth from a population of 13,000 to over 58,000 people, and has helped Lehi in the transformation from a one traffic light town to a dynamic technology and employment hub. Kim has a Masters of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University.

Greg HawesGreg Haws, Senior Project Manager, Psomas

Greg specializes in large-scale master-planned communities, having developed them across the western United States and in three different continents. He excels in negotiating the intricacies of the development process and embracing the challenge of creating a solution that derives a profit for the developer and meets the needs of the community at the same time. Greg has a Masters Degree at Utah State University in landscape architecture & environmental planning.

Paul BergeraPaul Bergera, Jordan School District

Paul Bergera is the Staff Assistant of Auxiliary Services for Jordan School District. In this capacity, he directs the Jordan School District Safety Team. His broad experience as an educator and school administrator are invaluable. He understands all aspects required to provide a safe and secure environment for students, both to and from school, and in the classroom. Paul works collaboratively with Jordan School District personnel, members of School Community Councils, representatives from each of the District's municipalities and developers in creating, amending and ultimately approving safe walking routes and SNAP plans for students in Jordan School District.