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WTS Transportation Mini Series, October 18, 2018

Carla Tillery moderated the morning session that focused on the State of the Connecticut's transportation budget. The keynote Speaker; CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker, kicked off the session and informed us all about the dynamic environment for transportation funding and the challenges we face in the coming years.

Parker Sorenson and Mike Morehouse (not pictured) presented to a standing-room only crowd at the CT WTS Mini Series. Their session highlighted FHI’s work for CRCOG - “Complete Streets from a Higher Perspective: Using Drones to Capture the Big Picture”. This is a state-of-the-art approach to collecting comprehensive traffic data. As Parker warned, “don’t try this at home”.

Have you heard of FHI’s CoLab?

CoLab brings our staff together on a regular basis to brainstorm and learn from each other. Last month's “CoLab in the Park” was based on the Bushnell Park Foundation’s “Tree Walk in the Park.”

National Walk-to-School Day was October 10th

Our littlest FHI family members are living the vision and reducing their carbon footprint!

Keaton (Chris Henry's son) heads to school with great determination.

Melissa Pineda's son Austin keeps his little borther Hudson safe on their way to school.

Emerson (Ryan Walsh's daughter) proudly rides to school.

NACTO Designing Cities Conference

Chris Henry attended NACTO’s Designing Cities conference in Los Angeles. Chris enjoyed engaging speakers, interactive break-out sessions, “walkshops”, and bike rides around the city. He experienced first-hand how local officials are improving streets and mobility for all. Who needs a car in LA with bikeshare, scooters, transit, and great weather for walking?

FHI Out and About

Parker Sorenson, a transportation planner and engineer in FHI’s Hartford office, attended the 3rd Annual Connecticut Urban & Transportation Film Festival in UConn Storrs. This event featured student produced videos showing the results of a summer class in Amsterdam with the goal of sharing some of the innovative sustainable techniques currently underway in the Netherlands. A great event and congrats to all students with their very professional and informative videos!

Mary Miltimore tries an electric bike for the first time on Martha's Vineyard.

FHI staff volunteer, meet new friends, and enjoy the green space at the North Brooklyn Farm.

Park(ING) Day

FHI collaborated with members of APA, ASLA, Trust for Public Land, Jetty 14 Design Group, and more to reclaim FIVE PARKING SPOTS along 49th street to participate in Park(ING) Day. Park(ING) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces for people rather than cars: temporary public places.

Selfie fun at Park(ING) day. Stephanie Brooks with Mary Miltimore.

FHI’s newest addition!

Liz Lockery welcomed a beautiful baby girl. Brooklyn Grace Marchion, born on 8/4/18 at 6:44PM, weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and 20 ½ inches long.

The travelling corkscrew escaped the recent colder weather and relaxed with Bonnie Torres on the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Adventures of the Traveling Corkscrew

The travelling corkscrew made a return visit to Burgundy, France with Susan and enjoyed a visit to a wine cave in Beaune. Kind of like "going home" for a corkscrew.