2017 Walkable Washington Symposium
Northwest African American Museum
October 18, 2017
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
AICP Credits – 4.5 APA Website
CNU Credits – 4.5 CNU Website
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Walkable Washington is the only conference focused on pedestrian issues. Join us for our signature event where professionals and advocates will share engaging and inspiring projects that forward 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.
Data and Apps: How Technology Can Help Us Walk
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
Session Two: The Dutch Connection: Best Practices to Replicate in U.S. Planning Projects
Session Three: Judkins Park Light Rail Station
|Judkins Park Station Area Planning:
Connecting People and Places
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.
|Deafblind Here, Deafblind There, Deafblind People EVERYWHERE!
David Miller, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist,
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.
| Community Advocacy
Jennifer Ellis, Judkins Park Community Council
Jennifer Ellis has lived in Judkins Park for nine years. She works in downtown Seattle and is active in the Judkins Park Community Council and Thurgood Marshall Elementary PTA. Like most neighborhoods in Seattle, Judkins Park is experiencing rapid growth — the community is surrounded by housing and mass transit construction projects. By coordinating neighborhood meetings, Jen helps the community stay aware of what’s coming down the road and advocates for pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. She has successfully helped the neighborhood get funding for street improvements through various city grants, including a Neighborhood Street Fund project, Find It Fix It, and Your Voice Your Choice. Jen is an avid walker/Fitbit addict and you can usually find her trekking all over the city, trying to reach her daily step goal.
John Stewart will lead this walk to the site of the light rail station. Along the way, we’ll get to absorb what we heard during the third panel session through a pedestrian lens.
|John Stewart, Feet First Board of Directors, Policy Committee Chair
John has volunteered at Feet First since 2001. He became a board member in 2003, and continues to thrive in his commitment to walk for transportation, health, and fun. He works tirelessly to forward his and Feet First’s mission to show that walking truly empowers community building and by helping us view our neighborhoods at human speed. John chairs the Feet First Policy Committee, working with a dedicated cadre of volunteers who advocate for pedestrians statewide. A twenty-year resident of the Central Area, he also volunteers with the Central Area Neighborhood District Council, as well as Seattle Little League.
|Diana Robbins, Davis Door Service Inc., will share some brief insights into the business perspective on the future station.
We’ll meet Diana during our walk. She works and lives in the area, and will discuss some of the business perspectives on the light rail station. She has worked at Davis Door Service on Rainier Avenue S since 1986. She moved to the Judkins Park area in 1992 and has been involved in the Jackson Place Community Council for years, serving in many activities and in many positions, including co-chair of the council. She uses the full spectrum of transportation modes to get around the city, including feet, bike, scooter, car, bus, trolley, and light rail. Diana loves where she lives and works and enthusiastically embraces change as long as it is sensible, inclusive of people from all walks of life, environmentally conscious, and safe!
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Call for Case Studies
Although there will not be Innovation Awards this year, 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. 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.