NITC education project helped build curriculum for colleges in upstate New York

Downtown Canandaigua, New York, the city that received a bicycle and pedestrian plan from HWS capstone students

In the spring of 2015, with guidance provided by the NITC program, students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York created a pedestrian and bicycle plan for the City of Canandaigua, New York.

As part of their Sustainable Community Development capstone course, the students in environmental studies provided plans for a mixed use district along Route 332 in Canandaigua.

Course instructor Jim Ochterski credits PSU researcher Lynn Weigand’s NITC education project, Enhancing Bicycle and Pedestrian Education through Curriculum and Faculty Development, with providing essential resources for the course.

“Most of the students did not have any grounding in pedestrian planning and development, and [the NITC materials] made a huge difference,” Ochterski said.

Part of the mission of the NITC program is to enrich transportation education. One way our university partners do this is by developing curricula to advance transportation and livability goals in the classroom.

Weigand's project was intended for just this purpose. She created a module-based curriculum for bicycle and pedestrian planning and design that was designed to be adaptable for use in a variety of course offerings.

The HWS instructors took that curriculum and ran with it.

“We took on a major community project in ped/bike planning because we had these support materials from the program. It allowed us to guide the student work in a way we were not yet equipped to do. Now, a community has a plan for ped/bike development as a result,” Ochterski said.

The students helped the city meet its vision for sustainable development by providing analysis, planning, research and designs for the project.

A second group of students in the capstone course also created a watershed management plan for Canandaigua's Sucker Brook.

Read more about the 2015 capstone course here.

Explore more NITC education materials here.

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