Washington Bike Summit Program
2019 Keynote speaker
Our keynote speaker is Robin Mazumder who will talk about human-centered urban design and how his experience as a mental health occupational therapist led to a new understanding of the psychological impacts of urban design. Robin is a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he spends his time studying the psychological impacts of urban design. Using sophisticated wearable technology and immersive virtual reality, he examines how people experience cities. Robin’s research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award.
Always striving for a healthier, happier, and more inclusive city, Robin is also a passionate community builder. His advocacy and research and has been featured in numerous outlets including CBC Spark, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Cycling Magazine, University of Toronto Magazine and University Affairs. Avenue Magazine named him one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014.
2019 Speakers - Check back soon for schedules!
Lessons from Open Streets in Hood River: Transforming Mobility through Grassroots and Community Events
Megan Ramey (Founder of Bikeabout.com); and Peter Cornelison (former Hood River City Councilor)
After Hood River held Streets Alive, the city's first open streets event in September 2018, it launched a groundswell of grass supports for active mobility, connected key political and planning stakeholders and was celebrated by the local community. Nine months later, they successfully won grants from ODOT and AARP, and were endorsed by the City. This session will share lessons for successful collaboration directly from the event co-organizers.
Spokane Activated – The Micro-Mobility Effect
Brandon Blankenagel (City of Spokane)
Learn about Spokane's key steps to transforming their transportation and mobility options. Spokane's micro-mobility pilot coupled with a consultation contract to 'design' bikeshare created a feedback loop that continues to inform the City for a customized system. Focus groups continue to craft policy to define this new transformative transportation option. Hear lessons from their efforts, and what's next.
Mobility Transformations via Ebiking
Amy Snyder Ohta (University of Washington, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature); Mike Nelson (Pedego Redmond)
Amy Snyder Ohta will provide an analysis of stories shared on an online ebiking forum, with a focus on participant stories that share the impact of e-biking on their lives. Analysis will consider daily life transportation needs and recreational use of e-bikes, as well as including perspectives of e-bikers who identify as having a disability. Mike Nelson will share stories of mobility transformation as seen from the ebike retailing trenches. Mike will provide assistive technology to people of all abilities. In the retail environment, we serve a wide range of customers. This presentation will share customer stories of mobility transformation across the ability spectrum, including retailer experiences of adapting bikes, training riders and creating solutions to serve rider needs.
Bikeable Walkable Washington: Developing a Statewide Network
Barb Chamberlain (Director of Active Transportation Division, WSDOT)
WSDOT Active Transportation Division will present work in progress to identify existing bike routes and infrastructure and the goal of connecting and completing a statewide network. Network analysis will be based on a set of criteria being developed in the Statewide Active Transportation Plan update. Participants will break out by region and work with local and regional maps to prioritize opportunities to address gaps and barriers and link existing infrastructure. People planning to come to this workshop are asked to bring current bike and trail maps and any plans or concepts they know of for their area.
Words Matter: Communicating in the New Mobility Future
Barb Chamberlain (Director of Active Transportation Division, WSDOT)
It's #DriverNotCar--unless the car is autonomous. It's a bike lane--or is it a lane for little vehicles with wheels? Is it "active transportation" when some devices have batteries or do we start talking about human-scale transportation in a different way? In all of this, how do media coverage and safety campaigns shape our assumptions and beliefs about who's at fault in a #CrashNotAccident? Participants will practice recognizing and applying frameworks that help reveal hidden assumptions and omissions, discuss what belongs in a definition of active transportation, and take away a style and usage guide. Training and tools will be useful for commenting on official documents, responding to media coverage, and developing safety campaign messaging.
Public Bike Parking in the Age of Shared Mobility
Hallie O’Brien (Seattle Department of Transportation, Bicycle Parking); Joel Miller (Seattle Department of Transportation, New Mobility); Andreas Piller (Bellevue Transportation Department); Kristina Walker (Tacoma’s Downtown On the Go); moderated by Brock Howell (Bicycle Security Advisors)
There can be only as many people bike as there are safe places to lock-up bikes at destinations. Beyond just bike lanes, city governments play an essential role ensuring neighborhoods and districts have sufficient bike parking while sidewalks also remain uncluttered for accessibility. As dockless bikeshare and scootershare grow, local governments will also need to employ new space management strategies for parking the bikes. On this panel, learn from city transportation department staff, a transportation demand management leader, and a new mobility company on how they’re working collaboratively on public bike parking solutions.
Ready or Not? Using Public Health Behavior Change Theory to Accelerate Mode Shift
Cailin Henley (Alta Planning + Design)
The surge of emerging micro-mobility technologies fosters opportunities to encourage new audiences to explore such exciting transportation options. If we build safe and attractive streets, people will bike, scoot, and walk more often, but only in limited numbers. Evidence-based interventions can accelerate mode shift and unlock greater ROI for physical infrastructure investments. Alta Planning + Design has developed an evidence-based behavior change model using public health behavior change theory, Stages of Change, and the behavior change approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Applying these evidence based strategies to Transportation Demand Management programs allows us to offer customized tools and messages based on an individual’s stage of readiness, and to incorporate MI tactics to support an individual in trying new, more active forms of transportation. These programs are more effective because they reach people who are thinking about and getting ready to give other modes a try. This presentation will (1) explain the Stages of Change theory and the application of stage segmentation to active transportation programs, (2) outline MI strategies used to support people in trying and sustaining new transportation options, and (3) differentiate MI approaches for transportation demand management programs based on available mobility options and the surrounding built environment.
Inclusive Bikeshare (and e-scooters): What do we know about older adults?
Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design, Specializing in Active Transportation for Older Adults); and Rae-Leigh Stark (Toole Design)
This session will review bikeshare and e-scooter survey data from Toole Design’s extensive work on bikeshare system planning, along with a separate survey about bikeshare sent to a group of older adults who are participating in a multi-year survey about their cycling habits. The session will focus on what we know about bikeshare planning survey response rates for older adults, along with how their responses compare to those of other age groups, and what survey results are showing with the emergence of new technologies, including the emerging field of e-scooters. Participants will be encouraged to be engaged through Mentimeter and an open Q&A format.
Measuring Multimodal Connectivity: Testing and Refining a Highway Permeability Rating System for Washington State
Kim Voros (Atla Planning + Design)
Following the release of FHWA's Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Connectivity, a call for pilot projects was released. The intent of the call was to inform practice and develop a pool of sample applications to serve as inspiration for state, local and regional governments. Washington State's proposal to develop and test a framework for measuring highway impact on local active transportation networks was selected. This session provides the chance to hear new information about the progress, and gather feedback from attendees that will inform the final product.
Designing for Complete Streets 2.0:
Kirk Paulsen and Derek Abe (Alta Planning + Design)
This presentation will describe new concepts in urban street design to respond to some of the toughest challenges we will face as we transition toward the future of our cities and Complete Streets 2.0. Strategies for Complete Streets 2.0 consider safety, demand, person throughput, and multi-modal choice as top priorities, resulting in a much different outcome than what has typically come from traditional Complete Street projects. While a Complete Street 1.0 improvement may resolve many challenges for unsafe or uncomfortable roadways, they lack the flexibility to accommodate emerging modes and technologies. Hear different examples of this concept, and how segregating based on speed rather than vehicle type allows for greater flexibility, while still maintaining a safe approach to sharing the road.
Community Perceptions of Active Transportation, Public Transit & Bike Sharing in North Central Washington
Nicole Campbell (Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council)
The NCW Mobility Council and the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council surveyed residents of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan & Grant counties on how they use public transportation to help us update the human services transportation plan, additionally we also asked questions about active transportation and interest in bike sharing. We received 800 responses and learned more about biking and walking in rural areas then we were expecting. The presentation would share survey results and lessons learned from the survey.
New Technologies & Trails
Tim Stapleton (Department of Natural Resources, Statewide Recreation Manager); Randy Kline (Washington State Parks); and moderator by Yvonne Kraus (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)
Representatives from Washington State Parks, Department of Natural Resources, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on how changes in the economy are challenging long standing trail planning practices and trail use conditions. Panelists will briefly present major changes they are facing at their agencies, and what trail users can do to help navigate the changes, including new e-bike legislation and anticipated agency steps in managing this new technology. Be a part of a lively debate, share your thoughts with agencies, and be a part of creating solutions.
Lessons Learned from King County Metro's SchoolPool Program
Erin David (Alta Planning + Design); and Armaghan Baghoori (City of Kirkland)
Beginning in 2017, King County Metro and three area communities launched the SchoolPool program, a safe routes to school-focused effort that emphasizes partnerships among cities, schools districts, schools, and PTAs. The program builds on King County Metro's recent Safe Routes to School Toolkit and Coalition Building Guidebook to promote walking, bicycling, busing, and carpooling to school. One of these communities, the City of Kirkland, has worked closely with the Lake Washington School District, area schools, and PTAs to support successful Walk to School and Bike to School activities, develop resources for both parents and students, and build capacity among the partners to sustain the program. This joint presentation with Alta Planning + Design and the City of Kirkland will provide an overview the King County Metro Safe Routes to School Toolkit and open source materials, outline the SchoolPool program, and highlight Kirkland’s experience with and lessons learned from participation in the SchoolPool pilot program.
Innovations in Bicycling
2018 Keynote videos
2018 PANEL PRESENTATIONS (powerpoints)
2018 Keynote speakers
Olatunji Oboi Reed’s passions are community, culture and health. He works internationally as a tactician, strategist, advocate, community organizer in the fields of racial equity and mobility justice in communities of color across the United States.
Olatunji Oboi Reed serves as the President & CEO of Equiticity, a national, racial equity movement operating at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice in communities of color across the US. Oboi co-founded and recently served as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement. In 2015, Oboi was awarded The White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi is a member of the Steering Committee for the Chicagoland Regional Equity Network. He is also a member of the PolicyLink Transportation Equity Caucus.
An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management as well as corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition of people, organizations and businesses all working together to achieve mobility equity across the City of Chicago with respect to race, income, and neighborhood.
Mayor Blake Sanders
Blake Sanders is a Professional Landscape Architect and Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer, South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson University (2006), Blake immediately began making strides into the field of Landscape Architecture, designing and implementing parks throughout the Southeast that made a direct impact on the community’s infrastructure. Blake currently serves as the Planning and Project Manager for the City of Easley, SC (Population 20,000) bringing that professional experience, international travels, and focused experience guiding municipalities through funding and conceptual planning through construction administration. His professional experience includes streetscape improvements, corridor planning, bike and greenway infrastructure, as well as corporate campus, park, and recreation design. Blake has led the City of Easley through their Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and various feasibility studies, and over 10 miles of built bicycle, greenway, and pedestrian projects.
Blake made a conscious effort to take that professional experience back to his hometown in 2015. After a successful campaign for Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer (Pop. 980), he implemented four (4) miles of bicycle lanes and has successfully created a sense of community through a capital improvement plan that encourages walking and biking as a daily routine for many residents. West Pelzer has gone from pass-through, run-down mill town to a vibrant small town with over $2M in public and private economic development since taking office. Blake serves as a member Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study Team, Anderson Complete Streets Committee, Immediate Past President of the Anderson County Municipal Association, and Immediate Past President of the Palmetto Business Association.
Blake enjoys his ‘free’ moments with his wife (Ashley) and two children (Lane and Gracie) exploring the outdoors on a greenway, kayaking down a local river, or strolling down the streets of one of the 270 municipalities in South Carolina.
2018 Washington Bikes Summit Agenda
Saturday, April 28
4:30-6 p.m. Adventure Cycling is hosting a regional gathering at Spokane REI. This event is open to the public and WA Bike Summit attendees are encouraged to join.
6:30 p.m. Informal gathering at Iron Goat Brewing, no-host beer and pizza in coordination with the REI presentation, but all WA Bike Summit attendees are welcome to join!
Please RSVP for the presentation at REI and/or the gathering at the Iron Goat Brewing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.532.2751 by April 25.
Sunday, April 29
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. – Bike Ride from Downtown Spokane to Washington Bike Summit – Downtown Spokane to WA Bike Summit
Riverfront Park (507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201); starting point near W Spokane Falls Blvd. and N Post St.
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. – Registration & Coffee – East Lobby
9:45 - 11 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel A: University and City Design Collaborative for Cincinnati Greenway Project – Room A/B
Panel: Dr. Rhonda Young, Gonzaga University; Makayla Bowdish, Undergraduate Student, Gonzaga University; Nicholas Petersen, Undergraduate Student, Gonzaga University; Cameron Unkel, Undergraduate Student, Gonzaga University
In this session, Dr. Rhonda Young will speak about the collaboration process and how the greenway was created. The Cincinnati Greenway Project is Spokane’s first greenway effort, and results from collaboration between the city and a local university.
9:45 - 11 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel B: Creating a Cycling Community on the Olympic Peninsula – Senate Room
Panel: Ken Stringer, President of the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance (OPBA)
The Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance serves cyclists throughout the Olympic Peninsula, and works to make this region safe and more accessible for all cyclists. They work collaboratively with governments, businesses/organizations, and individuals to promote bicycle safety, education, and training. They provide resources for those who live in the Olympic Peninsula and those who are riding through. Learn what this region can offer to cyclists, and how the OPBA will help you get there.
9:45 - 11:00 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel C: Adaptive Bicycling – from Bike Share to Education – Room C
Panel: Rachel Osias, Youth Programs Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club; Brian Camozzi, Master’s candidate at the University of Washington, and New Mobility Graduate Intern at Seattle Department of Transportation, University of Washington
Rachel Osias and Brian Camozzi will discuss the strategies for removing barriers to bicycling. In this session, both novices and experts can learn more about active transportation, equity, special education/adaptive education programs. Both speakers will address how reframing the cycling culture can create a more inclusive community for more people.
11 - 11:45 a.m. – Networking & Connections: Speed Networking Session – East Lobby
11:45 - 11:55 a.m. – Distinguished Speaker: City Council President Ben Stuckart – Room A/B
Ben Stuckart is in his second term serving as the Spokane City Council President. Ben is a Spokane native and graduate of both Lewis and Clark High School and Gonzaga University. He and his wife, Ann, reside on Spokane's South Hill. Prior to his election as Council President, Ben started Communities in Schools of Spokane County, a collaborative non-profit organization that provides school supplies and services, such as afterschool programs and counseling for thousands of Spokane students. He's also enjoyed unique opportunities in the ticketing industry with the Oakland Raiders and TicketsWest. Ben currently chairs the City's Urban Development, and serves on the Spokane Airport Board of Directors, University District Public Development Authority, and the Spokane Clean Air Agency.
11:55 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. – Lunch Keynote : Oboi Reed, “When a Fire Starts to Burn: The Power of Bicycles as Vehicles for Community Transformation” – Room A/B
Working at the center of mobility justice, Olatunji Oboi Reed works to increase equity and mobility justice in communities of color across the nation. There is a stark lack of equity in the distribution of resources that contribute to a safe and efficient conditions for walking, transit use, and biking. This represents a missed opportunity to improve health and economic outcomes. Equiticity (pronounced “Equi-TI-city”) is a national, racial equity movement that advocates for policy and changing perceptions about addressing racial injustice through increased mobility. This organization functions as a movement by working at the local, state, and national level to pass legislation and to broaden our understanding of justice. Collaborating directly with communities and government, Reed is working to create a model on how to normalize, prioritize, and operationalize equity.
1:10 - 1:40 p.m. – Break – Room A/B
Join us for coffee, tea and refreshments
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel A: All Things Speed Considered – Room A/B
Panel: Andrew Beagle, Practical Solutions and Multimodal Policy Engineer at Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
Do you ever wonder why and how posted speeds are set? Are there different methods and practices? Do these speed decisions affect future planning and designs? This session will explain the underlying research behind engineering policies related to setting posted speed limits on roadways, a variety of accepted methods for determining posted speeds, and the connection between different speed terminologies used in transportation engineering. This session will also explain WSDOT’s target speed approach and speed management countermeasures, and how they can ultimately influence posted speed determination on multimodal roadways.
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel B: Making Spokane Valley Bike-Friendly – Senate Room
Panel: Mike Basinger, Economic Development Manager, and Colin Quinn-Hurst, Senior Transportation Planner, at Spokane Valley Community and Public Works
The City of Spokane Valley presents a groundbreaking case study in how a city can prioritize bicycle infrastructure and programs to support economic development and public health. Mike Basinger managed the city’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Element and integrated this plan into a recent update to the Comprehensive Plan. As part of a collaboration with the community and city council, Basinger worked to gain support in a traditionally suburban environment. This collaboration represents a partnership with the Health Department on Safe Routes to School to bring bicycle-friendly routes to low-volume/low-speed residential streets. This collaboration also yielded the construction of the Appleway Trail, a new shared-use pathway in the community’s commercial core that will continue to transform commuting over the next several years.
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel C: John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Building Improvements and Connecting to Communities in Eastern Washington – Room C
Panel: Marilyn Hedges, Board Member, Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail; Fred Wert, Board Member, Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail
The Friends of John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a volunteer-run organization that serves the needs of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and everyone who enjoys it. This session’s panelists will speak on the underdeveloped section of the trail and share knowledge of efforts to develop and promote the trail for the benefit of the small towns that are a part of it.
2:55 - 3:10 p.m. – Break – East Lobby
Refreshments will be served.
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel A: Connecting Washington via the US Bike Route System Workshop – Room A/B
Panel: Laura Crawford, U.S. Bicycle Route System Organizer, Adventure Cycling Association, John Pope, Port of Anacortes Commissioner and Cascade Bicycle Club Board Member
Laura Crawford is the U.S. Bicycle Route System Coordinator for the Adventure Cycling Association. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a collaborative effort to establish a nationwide network of easily navigable bicycle routes connecting urban and rural communities via signed roads and trails. This session will look at routes within Washington (both already designated routes and ones in process), and explore the next steps for creating and designating new routes.
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel B: Everything You Need to Know About Walk Bike Bus Spokane – Senate Room
Panel: Annie Szotkowski, Active Living Educator, Spokane Regional Health District; Amy Riffe, Epidemiologist, Spokane Regional Health District; Heleen Dewey, Active Living Team Lead, Spokane Regional Health District
Walk Bus Bike Spokane is a public education campaign which encourages residents to replace car trips with walking, biking or bus trips. Szotkowski will discuss how to design, implement and evaluate a program that guides drivers out of cars and onto bikes. Through individualized marketing, logic models for evaluation, segmentation approach/changes in psychological change, and survey design and analysis has led transformations through active commuting. Learn about the partnership between the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane Bicycle Club, the Lands Council, local business districts and local jurisdictions.
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel C: What's Next for Bike Share – Room C
Panel: Ted Sweeney for Spin; Jason Wilde for Lime Bike; Gabriel Scheer for Lime Bike; Stefan Winker for Ofo Bike; Brandon Blankenagel for City of Spokane; Donald Schmitt for Washington State University Green Bikes
Learn about how bike sharing is transforming active commuting and communities where this is taking place.
4:25 - 6:30 p.m. – Community Bike Ride with Oboi Reed and Spokane community leaders – East Central Community Center
After a day of panel sessions, get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of cycling with Oboi Reed and Spokane Community Leaders on a community bike ride. This will be a slow ride, and open to everyone. Ride leaders will take participants through a 10 mile route to see historical and significant places. See flyer for more details or check out the Facebook event.
6-9 p.m. – Meet up social – Cascade Bicycle Club invites you to come eat, drink, learn, and connect with the amazing group of transportation professionals and advocates attending the WA Bike Summit and their guests. Secure bike parking will also be made available. Tamarack Public House is not open to the public on Sundays and are generously hosting us privately, we need to know how many people are interested to be sure appropriate food, staffing and space is provided, please RSVP here. (no host, food and drink available for purchase)
Monday, April 30
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. – Women in Transportation Breakfast – Spokane Club (1002 West Riverside Avenue Spokane, WA 99201)
Don’t miss this optional event, independent of the Summit. This event is open to everyone. Speakers will share lessons from working in the transportation profession. This breakfast will provide insights into career development, advancing opportunities for women, and educational takeaways for everyone. This event has been planned in coordination with WA Bike Summit, but is hosted by WTS Spokane-Cour d'Alene.
Please note: there is a separate registration for this event, register here.
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. – Bike Ride from Downtown Spokane to Washington Bike Summit - Riverfront Park (507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201); starting point near W Spokane Falls Blvd. and N Post St.
Don’t miss the group bike ride as we celebrate the last day of the WA Bike Summit.
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. – Registration & Coffee – East Lobby
9:45 - 11 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel A: Safe Routes to Schools: Best Practices and Bike Trains – Senate Room
Panel: Kari Schlosshauer, Senior Policy Manager at Safe Routes to School National Partnership; Scott Birdseye, Teacher, Bethel School District; Shaun Darveshi, Director, Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization
As schools and communities seeks the benefits of an increased number of kids walking and biking to school, there are many lingering questions and concerns. Learn directly from schools with successful implementation about best practices. This session will cover available resources and considerations for parents and schools to address liability, common pitfalls, and develop plans for bike programming and safe routes. Discover the leading research on safe routes to schools, including the SE WA School Walk Route Study, which covers twenty-three participating elementary and middle schools in Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Whitman counties. Recommendations will be shared for promoting and supporting active transportation improvements near schools, increasing safety around schools and children’s health through exercise.
9:45 - 11 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel B: Measuring Level of Traffic Stress – Room C
Panel: Brian Estes, Member, Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee and Volunteer Bike Advocate - Cascade Bike Club; Erin David, Planner, Alta Planning and Design
This interactive session on how cities can implement low-stress network approach for active transportation planning. Learn about methods for measuring bike network connectivity and evaluating the level of traffic stress. Traffic stress is increasingly becoming an industry standard for evaluating bicycle network evaluation, and this session will explore a variety of applications across different scales. For a network, these ratings can demonstrate connectivity, identify network gaps, or serve as a benchmark measurement. This presentation will conclude with a brief interactive exercise to demonstrate the evaluation methodology.
9:45 - 11 a.m. – Session 1 – Parallel Panel C: Collecting Network-wide Bicycle Count Data: Presenting the Guidebook on Where and When to Count – Room A/B
Panel: Dr. Mike Lowry, Associate Professor, University of Idaho; Ed Spilker, Active Transportation Program Specialist, Washington State Department of Transportation
This session will introduce a new guidebook for collecting network-wide bicycle count data, and a tutorial for the new website where Washington communities can share data to map and spatially extrapolate count data. This resource can be used by communities to identify where and when to assign volunteers to collect manual count data.
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. – Networking & Connections: Table Talks – East Lobby
11:45 - 11:55 a.m. – Opening Speaker – Marshall Elizer, Assistant Secretary for Multimodal Development & Delivery at Washington State Department of Transportation – Room A/B
Marshall will discuss the challenges and opportunities in transitioning a state DOT to create a transportation system for all users, not just for people who drive. Serving as Assistant Secretary for WSDOT, Marshall leads a team of 800 professionals that work daily to create a foundation for sustainable transportation solutions across Washington using practical solutions and innovative approaches while integrating smart growth policy. Marshall joined WSDOT in November 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President for Transportation for Gresham, Smith, and Partners (GS&P), an engineering, planning and architecture firm headquartered in Nashville, TN. Marshall joined GS&P following 20 years as public works director, transportation director and traffic engineer for local governments in Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and California.
11:55 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. – Lunch Keynote – Mayor Blake Sanders, Trails that Transform - The Real Economic Impact – Room A/B
In addition to serving as Mayor for the town of West Pelzer, SC, Blake Sanders serves at the Planning and Project Manager for the City of Easley, South Carolina, and works as a Professional Landscape Architect. His accomplishments include leading the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in the City of Easley. This keynote address will share insights into how municipalities can navigate funding and conceptual planning to improve walking and biking routes.
1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. – Break – East Lobby
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel A: Best Practices in Measuring Multimodal Connectivity – Room A/B
Panel: Kim Voros, Associate Planning and GIS Group Manager, Alta Planning and Design
This session will discuss the recently published guide by the Federal Highway Administration, which provides a practitioner-focused approach to measure and evaluate bicycle and pedestrian network connectivity. Working through case studies, Voros will demonstrate the five-step process to help participants decide what to measure, understand data sources, select the analysis process, computer metrics, and prepare results for consumption.
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel B: Aging in Place: Building Bicycle Networks for People 65+ – Room C
Panel: Carol Kachadoorian, Senior Planner Associate, Toole Design Group
As more communities are building bicycle networks to increase everyday active commuting, the growing percentage of the 65 and older population in many communities is increasing as well. While the typical bicyclist in a planner’s mind may be someone between 18 and 40, more people 65 and older are bicycling more - often more frequently and for longer distances than previous generations. Learn how organizations, such as AARP, are working with communities to create age-friendly communities to allow people to remain physically active in their community and maintain access to trails for recreation. Through discussing a nationwide survey of older bicyclists, this session will connect findings with real-world approaches to design with older cyclists in mind.
1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Session 2 – Parallel Panel C: Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan – Senate Room
Panel: Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer, Executive Director, Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization; Mary Campbell, Executive Director, Community Council
This session will discuss the transformative regional efforts that includes more than 30 local, regional state, and federal stakeholders to collaborate on the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan. Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization is a bi-state authority that serves to implement a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive multimodal transportation planning process. Learn about the community driven and locally supported effort to create a network that integrates existing routes to urban and regional trails.
2:55 - 3:10 p.m. – Break – East Lobby
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel A: From Assessment to Action: Addressing Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety in Your Community – Room A/B
Panel: Michael Hintze, Seattle Planning Director, Toole Design Group; Carol Kachadoorian, Senior Planner Associate, Toole Design Group
This session will provide a sneak peek of the Community-Based Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Assessment Tool being developed for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Tool will allow local agencies and organizations to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment for improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety and identifying clear actions focused on planning, policy, engineering, education, enforcement, and equity. Communities interested in Vision Zero or similar commitments to reducing fatal and serious crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians will be especially interested in this resource, which is anticipated to be completed by August 2018.
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel B: Growing Biking and Walking in Eastern Washington – Ellensburg and Winthrop – Room C
Panel: Josh Mattson, Assistant City Engineer, City of Ellensburg; Brad Case, Director of Parks and Recreation Department, City of Ellensburg; Rocklynn Culp, Town Planner, Town of Winthrop; Chris Workman, Engineering Manager, Washington State Transportation
Join this immersive discussion of how rural roadways can be improved to support active transportation. This session will focus on the challenges faced in this region, as well as solutions. From their different perspectives and experiences, speakers will share how to incorporate ideas to improve walking and biking that will support economic development and everyday transportation needs.
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. – Session 3 – Parallel Panel C: Making the Case: Monetizing Health, Environmental, and Economic Elements of Biking – Senate Room
Panel: Dr. Nicole Iroz-Elardo, Project Manager, Data Analyst at Urban Design 4 Health (UD4H)
This session will survey public health and associated economic benefits of transportation policies, plans, and programs. Learn how to speak to multiple audiences about how active commuting can improve communities in multiple aspects. Attendees will gain insights into articulating how physical activity leads to increased community health, fewer healthcare expenditures, and increased working productivity.
4:25 - 4:55 p.m. – Summit Closing – East Lobby