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NACTO Training Program

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What is the NACTO Training Program?

NACTO’s training program brings together street design teams for events and workshops based on policy and content from NACTO’s design guides and case studies from member cities.

Training types range from 2 hour, 2-person digital meetings to 2 day, in-person events in host cities. The diversity in format and training length reflects the wide range of needs city and agency staff have in planning, designing, and delivering street design projects.

Types of Trainings

 

Digital Design Charrettes

An interactive 1-2 hour webinar focused around a design challenge or location in a specific city. Once a site is proposed, NACTO staff work with the city to identify peer experts who review the design and share their expertise, suggestions, and design solutions. Any NACTO member city or transit agency can request a Digital Design Charrette, and the webinar is open to all NACTO members.

Roadshows

1-2 day convening that brings ~3 peer experts to a host city to provide training on a specific topic (e.g. bike network development) through curated information sharing from peer city practitioners, design charrettes, and other facilitated, in-person conversations. They are open to NACTO member cities.

Trainings

Trainings bring together practitioners for intensive 1- or 2-day events on the principles of people-focused street design and implementation. Content is based on technical recommendations from NACTO design guides and conceptual frameworks that inform city transportation planning. Trainings are led by NACTO staff or Certified Trainer consultants. They are available to NACTO member cities and the general public. Request to host a training >>

Sister City Roadshows

1-2 day convening that brings ~3 peer experts to a host region to provide training on a specific topic (e.g., bike network development) through NACTO-staff or certified consultant led design trainings, curated information sharing from peer city practitioners, design charrettes, and other facilitated, in-person conversations. NACTO member cities or agencies can request Sister City events, and may invite regional partners, some of whom may not be NACTO members. Depending on the topic, a non-NACTO member city may be selected to host the Sister Cities event as part of a recruitment effort or to accommodate nearby NACTO cities in that region.

Roundtables

A 1-2 day convening of 10+ cities and/or transit agencies to advance collective understanding in a design or policy area and strengthen interpersonal connections within the peer network. Roundtables are hosted in a NACTO member city, and are open to staff in NACTO member cities and transit agencies, typically all within one peer network.

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How Are Trainings Structured?

Frames – Relevant Issue Areas

  • Messaging & Engagement
  • Funding & Packaging
  • Network Development
  • Data Analysis & Evaluation
  • Equity in Practice
  • Materials & Maintenance
  • Economic Development

 

Changes to the training program

We are restructuring our trainings to better reflect the breadth and depth of topics within city transportation. Designing streets to put people first is a complex and still-emerging field. To continue developing the highest quality trainings, we are expanding our content structure to pull information from across NACTO’s publications, as well as from other organizations. This will will ensure what we’re presenting is as nuanced and critical as possible.

To build depth across topics and regions–and get at the heart of this field–we’re also breaking down trainings into two modules: Core Topics, which cover the NACTO-certified design areas, and Frames, additional pertinent issues areas that are interwoven with the specifics of street design. Together, the Core Topics and Frames modules form a more comprehensive picture for what NACTO covers in its design trainings.

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Certified Trainers

NACTO trains and certifies national and international design leaders to conduct trainings to NACTO members and non-member cities based on Core Topics and Frames, developed from NACTO design guidance and other leading publications.

Learn about the Certified Trainer program >>
See our roster of Certified Trainers>>
Apply to be a Certified Trainer>>

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NACTO Event Code of Conduct

NACTO’s Event Code of Conduct clearly defines what we expect from our selves, attendees, speakers, participants, and partners to promote an inclusive and participatory environment at our events, including design trainings and workshops.

Read the Code of Conduct >>

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