2017 Walkable Washington Symposium


Northwest African American Museum
October 18, 2017
8:30 am to 4:30 pm



Walkable Washington is an integral part of Feet First’s mission to promote walkable communities and empower people throughout our state to connect to the world by foot. This dynamic symposium brings together more than 150 professionals and advocates to share engaging and inspiring projects that forward pedestrian-friendly planning.


The event has grown each year and we anticipate that this year’s conference will attract more participants than ever. Speakers from a variety of agencies, businesses, and community groups will highlight their projects by sharing successes, lessons learned and replicable approaches to pedestrian-friendly planning.


Master of Ceremonies:                                                                                    

Guy Michaelsen, Principal, Berger Partnership                                      

Guy’s passion is shaping places to support increasingly dense and

rich urban environs, be it spaces in the heart of our cities, or the parks and natural areas offering escape and revitalization. He relishes working with people to share the excitement about the possibilities of creating livable spaces. Guy counts himself as lucky to be able to say, “I love my job!” When not at work, he is likely on a walkabout with his family in a great park, or on an adventure. Three projects that reflect his personality and design ideals are Magnuson Park in Seattle, Redmond Central Connector, and Riverfront Park in Spokane.





Keynote Speaker:  

Mark Hallenbeck, Director, Washington State Transportation

Center (TRAC) at the University of Washington

Mark and his TRAC team collect data to understand transportation system use and performance. He works to with the public and decision makers

to help them best determine investments in transportation and land use projects. He is currently working with multiple agencies in the state to examine how big data and new technology can help improve planning

and mobility. Mark’s approach emphasizes sharing data across agencies

and jurisdictions to improve integration of both transportation and land use planning.


Session One: The Dutch Connection: Best Practices to Replicate in U.S. Planning Projects


Bas Govers, Program Director, Excellent Cities

Presentation: The Quality of Urban Space as a Tool in Urban Mobility

Bas is a leading senior transport engineer. He has over 20 years’ experience in urban development, network planning and traffic engineering. He has led key transport planning and urban development projects in and around the cities of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam. His core competency is traffic engineering geared toward making more attractive, more vital and more healthy cities. His approach to traffic systems is to combine cost effectiveness, spatial quality, and functional excellence.




Laura Groenendijk, Urban Mobility Consultant 

Presentation: Quantifying the Traveler’s Experience Value

Laura is a research and behavior consultant at Goudappel Coffeng in the Netherlands. She has a background in both architecture and civil engineering. Her main interest is the relation between research and urban planning. At Goudappel Coffeng, Laura works on a variety of projects, from strategic visions, to studies on a local scale. She translates complex data and engineering into digestible presentations with engaging visual representation.




Alexander Kado, Urban Community and Regional PlanningAlexander Kado

Presentation: Excellent Cities – Seattle: How to Improve Transportation Mobility in Seattle

Alexander is a transportation mobility consultant from Minneapolis.

After completing his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, he initiated a year-long professional journey to the Netherlands. While there he has worked for private, public, and nonprofit entities to deepen his professional knowledge in the areas of non-motorized mobility and general transportation mobility. He is most passionate about helping

communities realize more sustainable transportation systems.



Session Two:


Hayley Bonsteel, Sr. Planner, City of Kent

Presentation: Meet Me on Meeker

(Bio coming soon.)


Jim Curtin, Sr. Transportation Planner, SDOT

Presentation: Rainier Avenue Corridor 

(Bio coming soon.)


Peter Lagerwey, Sr. Planner, Toole Design Group

Presentation: Safety for Every Pedestrian Initiative

(Bio coming soon.)

Session Three: Judkins Park


Jennifer Ellis, Judkins Park Community Council

(Bio coming soon.)






Rachel Miller, Senior Associate, Planner/Urban Designer,                    Rachel Miller

Makers Architecture & Urban Design

As an urban designer and planner, Rachel is committed to enhancing

each community’s understanding of its place and itself through

context-sensitive and culturally-appropriate plans. She uses meaningful

community engagement, graphical communication, and clear analysis to

help communities understand their options and visualize ways forward.

Some recent projects include the Judkins Park Station Area Study (ongoing),

Olympia Downtown Strategy, Lynnwood Transit Center Multimodal

Accessibility Plan, and Burien Downtown Mobility Study. Outside of work,

Rachel enjoys traveling to urban centers around the world, sharing food,

and romping about the city.


David Miller, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, ADA Coordinator,        

Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.

(Bio coming soon.)

WALKshop: A Walk and Discussion about Judkins Park Light Rail Station

We’ll take a guided walk to the future light rail station and hear about the complex issues involved in creating


Diana Robbins, Davis Door Service Inc.

Brief Remarks on Business Perspective


Become a Walkable Washington Symposium Sponsor:


2017 Walkable Washington Sponsorship Package.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!




Pacific Continental Bank



Berger Partnership























Contact Karla Sclater for more information:



Call for Case Studies

Feet First continues to collect and publish a Case Study Library of exceptional projects and programs showcasing how cities, counties, school districts, and community organizations throughout Washington are making it safer, easier, and more inviting for people to walk.


Although there will not be Innovation Awards this year, the library is an important resource for pedestrian-focused planning. Over fifty case studies have been collected so far. Have you worked on a project that helps forward pedestrian-friendly places? Please complete the attached form:  Case Study Form.


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