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CDG Director Antonio M. Rosell, P.E., AICP is teaching a new graduate-level course on Sustainable Transportation at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The course explores techniques, best practices and methods for pedestrian and bicycle planning, including how to better integrate sustainable transportation options into our present transportation context and developing mobility frameworks that improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our cities.

CDG continued a successful set of collaborations with Minneapolis Public Schools and Arts for Academic Achievement. During the 2011-2012 school year, we worked closely with teachers and 5th grade students at Emerson Spanish Immersion School to explore urban planning and design topics. The classes were structured around a larger community dialogue called "Plan it Hennepin” which sought to imagine a re-energized and refreshed Hennepin Avenue as a walkable and unified cultural corridor stretching from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront.

CDG Director Antonio M. Rosell, P.E., AICP recently completed a Sustainble Mobility course offered through the United Nations' Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The sixteen-week course, "Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries," was geared to practicing design professionals working to improve their cities' orientation to sustainable mobility and development.  The course was taught by Niklas Sieber, PhD, a German Transport Economist and Regional Planner working in spatial planning and transport economics in industrialized and developing countries.

We know that bikeshare systems can quickly gain success and become important components of the transportation landscape of major cities - but can they also serve the needs of medium and smaller cities?