2017 Walkable Washington Symposium


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

Box lunches by Precise Catering



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: Improving Walkability 


         Hayley Bonsteel, Sr. Planner, City of Kent              Hayley Bonsteel

         Presentation: Meet Me on Meeker

Hayley Bonsteel is a Senior Long-Range Planner with the City of Kent. She has been an advocate for walkability, livability, and progressive planning in the Pacific Northwest for over five years, including positions with Feet First, Futurewise, Growing Transit Communities and more. Her background in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design gives her a firm foundation in how the built environment can improve lives. Hayley has done extensive community engagement and has been known to talk to just about anyone while out on a walk (old school outreach!). She developed and implemented a Complete Streets program for the City of Kent, including training the entire public works engineering staff on a process she designed to better consider all modes and she even got engineers to laugh at her jokes. Additionally, Hayley is a daily Seattle pedestrian and transit rider, and serves on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board.   



Jim Curtin          Jim Curtin, Sr. Transportation Planner, SDOT

         Presentation: Rainier Avenue Corridor 

Jim has worked on a wide range of transportation projects for municipalities in Washington state over the past 15 years. Jim currently oversees the planning and implementation of SDOT’s Vision Zero Plan – a multifaceted effort to reduce collisions and save lives through street designs that prioritize safety, public education and engagement, and targeted enforcement. Previously, he created SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program and contributed to the development of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan which set a zero fatality goal for Seattle in 2012.




Peter Lagerway, Sr. Planner, Toole Design Group          Peter Lagerwey, Sr. Planner, Toole Design Group

Presentation: Pedestrian Crossing Countermeasures: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

Peter has spent over thirty years managing high-profile pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs with the City of Seattle, and as a private consultant. An internationally known expert in non-motorized projects, he serves as a Complete Streets trainer who has presented in over 230 communities across the U.S., Canada and Australia. He is co-author of the manual “How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan,” as well as co-author and instructor of numerous Federal Highway Association (FHWA) courses on public involvement and pedestrian and bicycle facility design. Peter formerly chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee on bicycling and bicycling facilities, and is a former member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinance task force on Uniform Vehicle Code Revisions: Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues.






Session Two: 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 Three: Judkins Park Light Rail Station


         Rachel Miller, Senior Associate, Planner/Urban Designer,

         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, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist,
         ADA Coordinator, Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.

David has worked for the Lighthouse for the Blind for the past 28 years, providing services to blind and deaf-blind individuals, as well as advocating for their accessibility needs. David has served as a consultant on Accessible Pedestrian Signal installation and intersection design to transportation departments from Tacoma to Everett. He advised King County Metro on the creation of their bus operator training video on deaf-blind consumers. He also assisted in the coordination of a Federal Highways Administration workshop on Cycle Tracks and pedestrian right-of-way standards. A former member of the City of Seattle Construction and Pedestrian Right-of-Way standards committee, he supported the development and installation of accessibility features for the LINK Light Rail. He currently advises the Seattle Waterfront Project in their efforts to create a waterfront for all.



Jennifer Ellis, Judkins Park Community Council

(Bio coming soon.)


WALKshop: Judkins Park Light Rail Station

We'll take a guided walk to the future light rail station and hear about the complex issues involved to make it accessible and a positive impact on the neighborhood.



Judkins Park Future Light Rail Station 















Diana Robbins, Davis Door Service Inc., will share some brief insights into the business perspective on the future station.


Light Rail Line around Judkins Park






















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Thank you to our 2017 sponsors to date! 



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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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