Speaker Bio

Mark Fenton

Adjunct Professor at Tufts University

Rehumanizing Rural Main Street: Assessing Walkability in Small Downtowns and Village Centers

Mark Fenton is a nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, adjunct associate professor at Tufts University, advocate for active transportation, and former host of “America’s Walking” on PBS television. He’s consulted with the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Safe Routes to School and has led training and planning processes for pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly designs in communities across the US, Canada, and Australia. He studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute Technology and biomechanics at the US Olympic Training Center, was manager of the Human Performance Laboratory at Reebok, and has published articles and books related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, and community interventions. He also tries to practice what he preaches, serving on his community’s planning board and walking or cycling for as many routine trips as possible.

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