Daniel Amstutz

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and MPO Transportation Planner
  • Master of City Planning ’12

I have always been passionate about working in a field that makes a direct impact in the lives of people on a daily basis and also seeks to make long-term improvements to the world. I learned about the BU City Planning Program while working as staff for the university and was immediately drawn to the possibilities and challenges that urban planning provides. The program produces graduates who are well-rounded in the planning field but also allows for specialization in different disciplines. Having the program offered part-time also allows a great degree of flexibility for students. The Symposium at the end of the program was a blend of theory and real-world application, working directly with a community development corporation in Boston. We had to learn how to work in teams and be leaders within our field to produce a report that would bring the client closer to implementing their project.

Daniel Amstutz is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and MPO Transportation Planner for the City of Greensboro and the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in North Carolina. His work covers all aspects of planning for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and shared-use paths, as well as safety programming, promotion and encouragement, and communication with stakeholders. He was a key member of a team that updated the Greensboro MPO’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, Trails and Greenways Master Plan (BiPed) in 2015. He became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 2017 and founded and co-chairs the North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Daniel interned with the Boston Region MPO during his last semester in the BU City Planning Program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2006, both from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He has worked for the City of Greensboro and Greensboro MPO since March 2013.

Daniel blogs from time to time, mostly on transportation issues, at www.edgeofthestreet.com.