Oftentimes, community groups and non-profits provide services to help young people find jobs. Recently, members of Stewart’s Bike/Ped team were invited to spend some time with students helping them find careers.
Todd Delk, Stewart’s Practice Leader for Bicycle and Pedestrian Design and Planning, met with students from the Achievement Academy of Durham, part of Made in Durham’s Durham Futures collaborative, to share with them a bit of information about careers in the world of bicycle and pedestrian design.
Many of the adult students already appreciated the value of bike facilities, commenting on the routes they use to get to school, transit, or their jobs. But few knew the time and effort it takes to make lanes and trails a reality.
Organized by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, bike/ped professionals from the Durham Parks and Recreation Department and two area design firms shared with the students what goes into the making of a greenway in short presentations followed by a walk on the American Tobacco Trail. Delk, a licensed engineer who turned his love of cycling into a career, shed light on Durham’s planned Belt Line Trail, a critical link in the East Coast Greenway through the Triangle.
The reaction from the students was very positive. “They were excited about how to get in the field and asked a lot of questions about what opportunities there are for volunteering,” noted Delk. “Several even asked for career advice on the types of jobs available if they wanted to get into the field.”
It’s not hard to imagine that spending time with people that make a living doing what they love – planning and designing new greenways and bike paths – lit the spark to encourage more young adults to consider careers in this field. You could say everyone involved with Achievement Academy of Durham and Made in Durham is blazing a new trail!