I enjoy the process of seeing a plan get implemented. The best way to do that is to make sure the plan is not only innovative, but also practical. That means you have to assess what is realistic and what is not, especially from a financial standpoint, which can be surprisingly difficult. Going the extra mile can make all the difference.
I am enthusiastic about active transportation planning, especially Safe Routes to School projects. So many communities were historically developed around vehicles that pedestrians and cyclists were left to fend for themselves. It’s amazing how many people, especially kids, will choose to walk or bike when safe options exist.
My favorite project was studying transportation access options for the community of Little Diomede. This remote island village is only accessible by helicopter for most of the year, and when the helicopter was out of service for repairs the community had no connection to the rest of Alaska. The planning process was interesting because there are not any other communities in the country that have the same issues, so we didn’t have a template to follow.