Walkable Washington Symposium: Transforming Suburban Communities

October 2017 (date TBA)


We’re gearing up for this year’s Walkable Washington Symposium. Transforming Suburban Communities is this year’s timely theme, as communities work to make their growing neighborhoods better places to live. Walkability is a crucial part of this equation. We hope you’ll join the conversation! Walkable Washington is a dynamic conference where you can share ideas and engage with others working to advance pedestrian-friendly planning and design from across Washington state.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and months about Feet First’s signature event.


A big shout out to everyone who participated in making the 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium a success! 


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 focused 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 in 2017? Be sure to be included on our invite list by emailing info@feetifirst.org.

As a part of this year’s event we hosted the informative

WALKshop Map

Participants of the 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards were invited to join a custom WALKshop, which offered a sneak peek of Bellevue’s expansive new initiative: the “Grand Connection.” When completed, 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.




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