Walkable Washington Symposium


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.

Symposium program

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.

Keynote Address 
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

Hayley Bonsteel
Meet Me on Meeker
Hayley Bonsteel, Sr. Planner, City of Kent
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
Rainier Avenue Corridor 
Jim Curtin, Sr. Transportation Planner, SDOT
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
Pedestrian Crossing Countermeasures:
Safe Transportation for Every PedestrianPeter Lagerwey, Sr. Planner, Toole Design Group  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

Walking as Part of Vital, Attractive and Healthy Cities
Bas Govers, Program Director, Excellent Cities
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.
Alexander Kado
Excellent Cities: Seattle and The Hague –
Urban Transformations
Alexander Kado, Urban Community and Regional Planning
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

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,
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.

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.

WALKshop: Judkins Park Light Rail StationJudkins Park Future Light Rail Station

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!

Light Rail Line around Judkins Park

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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.

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