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image2Tune in for today’s conversation with Cynthia Gibson and Bob Anthony from the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. Building a Greener Idaho contributor Austin Hopkins speaks with Cynthia and Bob about the work they do around the state to help create safe routes to school, bring more funding to walking and biking infrastructure, and bringing their diverse constituents together for the annual Idaho Walk Bike Summit coming up next week May 16-18th in Boise.

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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

 

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. This is part two of our conversation with these national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

 

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Dr. JacksonDr. Richard Jackson was a speaker at the Creating Healthy Communities Summit back in May 2014 which brought together professionals from the health, planning, development, transportation, education, business, and governmental sectors to discuss the issue of how to design and create urban, suburban, and rural infrastructure that facilitates healthy lifestyles. The Creating Healthy Communities Summit is happening again in Boise April 20-21 and we wanted to share Dr. Jackson’s insights with our listeners as the summit is taking place again.

Dr. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is host of a 2012 public television special series titled Designing Healthy Communities.

Tune in for the discussion with Dr. Jackson regarding his silo-busting, happiness, and imagining more healthy communities.

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Ave BSt. Luke’s representatives join Charlie on the show Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm to discuss the proposed master plan for the expansion of the downtown Boise campus from their perspective. Guests include Jeff Hull, the Director of Architecture and Construction for St. Luke’s, and Theresa McLeod, the Director of Community Relations for St. Luke’s. The third guest is Betsy Roberts who is a Senior Engineer with CH2M Hill who did the Traffic Impact Study (section 5 in the appendix of the plan) to inform the master plan with regards to vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic, planning, and community connectivity.

Do the proposed mitigation plans for bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle traffic adequately offset the loss of connectivity with the closure of one block of Jefferson? What has been the process for developing the preferred “north expansion” option and what are the health care delivery, design, and construction guidelines and constraints that make other options unfeasible? These are just a couple of the questions the St. Luke’s representatives will address.

Last week Charlie interviewed two representatives from the East End neighborhood about their feelings on the proposed master plan. Much of the controversy centers around the proposed closure of one block of Jefferson St. where East End residents can walk, bike or drive downtown instead of passing around the campus through the Warm Springs/Ave B/Idaho/Main intersection.

The Boise City Council will hold a workshop on the latest iteration of the master plan on Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm during the regular evening city council meeting. Public testimony won’t be taken during that workshop but opportunity for public comment will be announced some time after the council workshop on the issue.

Tune into Building a Greener Idaho Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm via 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM Boise, or stream it live on www.radioboise.us. The podcast will be available immediately following the broadcast.

 

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