The insight2050 Spring Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and continues each Friday morning through March 29. It is aimed at elected and appointed officials of Central Ohio communities, engineers, transportation officials, and other advocates of transportation options. It will showcase the experiences of Central Ohio communities that have adopted, or are developing, complete streets policies.

The cost is $100 for the five-session Academy and will result in a completion certificate with professional development credits, if applicable. The application deadline is February 27. Selection of applicants will be announced in late February, and those selected will receive registration and payment information. All sessions are at MORPC except for one in Upper Arlington on March 8.

The first session, on March 1, will feature an overview of the insight2050 data and scenarios by MORPC staff, followed by a presentation about the ways in which land use shapes the transportation system. A third speaker will discuss how technology, demographics, and changing tastes are forcing local governments to rethink transportation planning.

The March 8 session will explore the efforts of Upper Arlington, which has had a complete streets policy almost five years and also has a Pedestrian Connectivity Plan. Officials from Worthington will discuss how they combined work on a complete-streets policy with a citywide bicycle/pedestrian plan.

On March 15, planners from Toole Design will explain the concept of “rapid build,” “low-stress” bicycle networks and other models. A panel will then examine the roles of bicycles, e-bikes, scooters, and other “micro-mobility” modes, and how all of these ideas and modes must be developed in a way that is easily accessible to everybody across the socio-economic spectrum.

Speakers from COTA, Smart Columbus, and the City of Columbus will share the stage March 22 to discuss the rapidly changing role in managing connections of multiple modes of local travel, and explain how they work together to gather data, integrate systems, and explore new technologies.

The final session on March 29 will explore how ride-hailing, micro-mobility, autonomous vehicles, and shuttles will require communities to plan for “curbside management.” Afterward, MORPC Executive Director William Murdock will recognize academy graduates with certificates of completion.

Application forms are available at Contact Brian Williams ([email protected], 614-233-4187) with questions.