Washington Bike Summit Program

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2018 Keynote videos​

2018 PANEL PRESENTATIONS (powerpoints)

2018 Keynote speakers​

Oboi Reed

Oboi Reed

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.

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Mayor Blake Sanders

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.

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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 info@adventurecycling.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

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