Bike Newton is calling all young engineers, entrepreneurs, and activists to design the streets of the future. Bike Newton President Alicia Bowman and Vice President Nathan Phillips are teaming up to volunteer teach a one-week (8/21/17 – 8/25/17) “smart streets” class from 9am-4pm for middle schoolers offered by Newton Community Education. Students will imagine a zero-pollution mix of bikes, electric vehicles, and buses, all sharing the road safely with state-of-the-art lane markings and bike protections. Learn the skills you need to make your imagined streets a reality. Working as a team, we’ll assess hazards, then create and advocate for safe and comfortable ways to get to Newton’s middle and high schools. You’ll collect and map data on origins, destinations, and obstacles, using GIS, Google Maps and GoPro. You’ll design persuasive posters and materials to sway public opinion. As bonus attractions, we’ll have visits by some of Boston’s leading transportation experts to walk our streets with us and offer planning tips; plus we’ll do a trial bike ride on our current streets, imagining our future ones.
Course Tuition: $375
Visit the Newton Community Education website for more information.