April 8, 2015
The Carolina Transportation Program hosted a presentation by Lauren Blackburn, Director of NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, on “The Profession of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation: 40 Years in the Making” in the New East Reading Room at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lauren Blackburn, AICP, supervises the day-to-day operations of the division, which works to improve transportation options for cyclists and pedestrians in the state. Specific initiatives led by the division include Watch for Me NC (a bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign), Complete Streets training, the bicycle and pedestrian project prioritization process, the municipal and regional bicycle and pedestrian planning program, and the Safe Routes to School program.
Prior to joining NCDOT in May 2012, Lauren was the planning manager for the Town of Davidson, NC where she managed transportation planning and land development activities. Lauren received an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.