Bellevue City Hall, Washington | Tuesday, June 7, 2016  | 9am-4pm

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The Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards is the state’s only event designed to provide helpful resources, network opportunities with over 150 planners, landscape architects, engineers, non-profit leaders, educators, and community advocates, and to recognize outstanding projects through our Innovation Awards.


3.5 continuing education credits provided to AICP professionals. 


Welcoming remarks from City of Bellevue Mayor, John Stokes


Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Eric Scharnhorst

Dr. Scharnhorst is researching cities, livability and housing at Redfin. He is the designer of Opportunity Score, a new Redfin tool that measures how jobs and homes are connected by walking and public transportation throughout cities across the country.




KimBecklund_bwMaster of Ceremonies: Kim Becklund, Strategic Partnership Advisor, King County Metro, Planning & Customer Service

Over the last 25 years, Kim has enjoyed a number of transportation planning and policy roles in Bellevue and Renton, a statewide business, labor and environmental political advocacy organization, the Washington State Legislature and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Office.



Sessions focus on the following areas:



Moderator: Ryan Abbotts AICP, CH2M

Steve Gorcester, Transportation Improvement Board, New Innovative Funding Tool For Complete Street Projects

Kamal Mahmoud & Daniel Marcinko, City of Snoqualmie, Close Up Look at Snoqualmie Town Center Complete Street Project

Brian Dougherty, City of Seattle, Building Safer Routes to a Middle School 


Moderator: Peggy Martinez, Director, Creative Inclusion

Arthur Orsini, Vancouver B.C. General Hospital, Innovative Be Seen Virtual Fashion Show 
Phyllis Porter
, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, How to Change Culture, Build Community

Emily Cooper, Disability Rights Washington, #CrappyCurbs Campaign

          VISION & PLANNING 

Moderator: Guy Michaelson, Principal, Berger Partnership

Chris Hawkins, Thurston County, Thurston Thrives Innovative Approach to Incorporate Walking into the Community

Seth Geiser, Seattle Department of Transportation, Activating Places through Pilots: Pike Street 

Alicia Uhlig, International Living Future Institute, Toward a Living Community A Vision for Seattle’s First Hill 

Considering attending our Symposium this year? Take a look at the keynote and speakers from our 2015 Walkable Washington Symposium Program.


Bellevue City Hall, Washington | Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Immediately following the 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards 

WALKshop Map

Attend the 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards and be invited to join a custom WALKshop offering a sneak peek of Bellevue’s expansive new initiative: the “Grand Connection.” The Grand Connection will create a new vision for placemaking and connectivity from the Lake Washington waterfront through downtown, and ultimately connecting with the regional Eastside Rail Corridor. Learn how the City and its partners are shape shifting to become a community that prioritizes places for people.




Bradley Calvert, LEED Green Associate


Bradley Calvert

Bradley Calvert is the Community Development Program Manager for the City of Bellevue, Washington. His work seeks to improve and enhance the livability and walkability of Bellevue. Bradley’s primary project is the Wilburton-Grand Connection study which will establish a new non-motorized, pedestrian-oriented spine for Bellevue. It will connect Downtown with a re-visioned Wilburton Commercial area that will pursue new opportunities for a walkable and transit oriented neighborhood. He also works on the Downtown Livability Initiative, intended to improve the aesthetic and experiential qualities of Downtown Bellevue. Additionally, Bradley is a strong advocate, writer, and researcher for making urban walkable neighborhoods more livable and accessible for families. His work has appeared in Planetizen, The Seattle Times, Governing magazine, Streetsblog, and the Associated Press.


 Kevin McDonald, Senior Transportation Planner – City of Bellevue


Kevin McDonald

University of Washington

• Bachelor of Science, Forest Management – 1979
• Master of Urban Design and Planning – 1991


o Transportation Department (2003 to present):
o Managing implementation of Downtown Transportation Plan pedestrian and bicycle projects
o Comprehensive Plan update lead for transportation element
o Multimodal transportation policy development
o Pedestrian and bicycle transportation planning and implementation
o Corridor and subarea planning (BelRed, Factoria and Downtown)
o Light rail/station area planning for East Link
o Planning and Community Development Department (prior to 2003): land use and environmental policy and planning


The Grand Connection WALKshop is included in your admission to the Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards. Tickets may also be purchased separately.

Following the Grand Connection WALKshop, we’ll continue networking with a no-host happy hour. It’s a great way to end a jammed packed day of fantastic speakers, learning, sharing, and celebrating. We hope you’ll join us!