Be a part of the 2020 Idaho Walk Bike Summit!
May 21 in Boise, ID
City of Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas
In July 1997 Garret Nancolas ran for Mayor of Caldwell on a platform of teamwork, cooperation, community pride and vision to move Caldwell forward. He has since been reelected for five successive terms, and at the end of his current term, he will have served as Caldwell’s Mayor for 24 years.
It was only a few years ago when downtown Caldwell was referred to as a “ghost town,” as businesses were bare and rare to find. How did this Canyon County city of 54,000 become one of the hottest destinations in southern Idaho? “There were many times when we thought the mountain was really high and I’m not sure we will get to the top of it, but once we got to the top there was always a higher peak to climb on the other side and we are certainly pleased with the progress we’ve made,” states the Mayor.
As Caldwell slowly and carefully built a remarkable community to live in, it has also done excellent traffic calming on city streets to slow cars down. Caldwell has been used in a presentation on Vision Zero in Small U.S. Cities.
Mayor Nancolas will kick off our 2020 Idaho Walk Bike Summit as he explains how they revitalized Caldwell into a place visited by 300,000 people a year; where businesses, shops and restaurants call home, where crime has been reduced, and where people come from all over to visit, dine, and enjoy family activities in a wonderful setting.Submit a workshop proposal
Keep Moving On, Idaho!
Idaho communities frequently express a need for more collaboration to achieve our common goals of creating great places to live. To meet this need, we are hosting the 3rd Idaho Walk Bike Summit in Boise on May 21 at the Idaho State Capitol. The Summit will bring together advocates, health community leaders, city staff, planners, transportation departments, legislators, and other interested citizens in a collaborative effort to better implement non-motorized transportation facilities and policy in communities throughout the state of Idaho. Access for cyclists and pedestrians helps create healthy and vibrant communities, and it even helps their bottom lines because non-motorized transportation facilities provide tangible economic benefits.
The Idaho Walk Bike Summit will allow us to educate and inspire advocates from all over Idaho to better effect real change in their communities, whether they are urban or rural, by presenting information attendees can implement quickly and affordably in their towns. It will also present an opportunity to raise awareness about how we work for walking and biking statewide. The Summit will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, mobile (walk and bike) tours and assessment demonstrations, strategy sessions, and meet and greets, among others.
- Message training and effective grassroots campaign tools.
- Education on how to get project(s) fully prepared to increase likelihood of grant funding.
- Assistance to rural communities to think about smart growth and active transportation as viable possibilities.
- Education on the Safe Routes to School program and how active kids play a huge role in a community’s health.
- Funding guidance for communities to complete their projects.
- The opportunity to form and strengthen partnerships throughout Idaho among advocates, citizens, transportation departments, and stakeholders to increase our interconnections.
- Identify and explore partnerships to strengthen and deliver our messages.
Don Kostelec, Vitruvian Planning
Don Kostelec, AICP, will discuss Vision Zero in small towns and ways that every community can achieve zero deaths on our roadways. Don is a 17-year professional in transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. He is applying and researching Health Impact Assessments and integrated health/planning efforts through various projects throughout the United States. Don’s work extends from Alaska to Florida and California to New York.
His specialty areas include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Transportation Policy & Finance, Health Impact Assessment, Active Transportation Design, Complete Streets, and Governance. Don is a past member of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Bike Walk NC. He has also served on the TRB Committee on Transportation Demand Management and the Eat Smart/ Move More Leadership Team in North Carolina.
Don is known as a provocative speaker who helps communities better engage the design profession for more equitable and safer street design that prioritizes the safety of people over the movement of cars. He is a frequent contributor to national podcasts and stories on safe street design and walkability. Don has a Master of Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Journalism from Western Carolina University.