OK, I’ll admit it…I actually like cars. But I don’t want to be a slave to one; I want to be able to have a choice about how I move around, and the best places in the world offer those choices. Apparently many people want that choice as well, as we are seeing transportation networks in great places that are geared toward moving people, and not just cars. Complete Streets offer the ability for people to choose how they move around; they rebalance the various modes of travel and make for safe and efficient movement whether people are in a car, on a bike, in a bus, or on foot. They also contribute to the overall sense of a place, and provide opportunities to improve the health of a community: personal health, economic health, and ecological health. Streets don’t have to be a scar; they can enhance and blend holistically into the natural and built environments, while offering people true choices about how they move around. That’s why I’m a “plan-gineer” who focuses on implementing Complete Streets. It allows me mobility choices such as walking and biking, and keeps me from being a slave to the car.
For the past 20 years, Wade has been focused on rebalancing transportation systems to support the urban and rural areas. He creates context sensitive solutions that increase community livability. He is a recognized expert in walkability and Smart Growth, and often speaks at national conferences on the subject of Complete Streets and balanced multi-modal solutions. He works with multi-disciplinary teams, efficiently collaborating with architects, planners, landscape architects, urban designers, and stakeholders to create great communities through a community-driven process. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an MS in Transportation Systems from the University of Central Florida.